Thursday, April 15

South Korea Battling ‘Second Wave’ Of Covid-19?

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The country, South Korea, with success of dealing with Covid-19 might be short live as they expect a ‘Second Wave’ of Covid-19.

SEOUL (REUTERS) – Health authorities in South Korea said for the first time on Monday (June 22) that it is in the midst of a “second wave” of coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital, stemming from a holiday in May.

The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) previously said South Korea’s first wave had never really ended, but on Monday, KCDC Director Jeong Eun-kyeong said it had become clear that a holiday weekend in early May marked the beginning of a new wave of infections focused in the greater Seoul area.

“In the metropolitan area, we believe that the first wave was from March to April as well as February to March,” Dr Jeong said at a regular briefing. “Then we see that the second wave which was triggered by the May holiday has been going on.”

New cases spiked, just as the country announced it would be easing social distancing guidelines in early May, driven by infections among young people who visited nightclubs and bars in Seoul over the holiday weekend.

“We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter,” Dr Jeong said. “Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue.”

As of midnight on Sunday, South Korea reported 17 new coronavirus cases, the first time in nearly a month that daily new cases dropped below 20. It was a drop from the 48 and 67 cases reported in the previous two days.

South Korea has reported a total of 12,438 cases, with 280 deaths.

While Dr. Jeong called for vigilance, she also said that as long as people maintain 2m spacing, they may take off masks in certain circumstances in hot weather.

Source: The Straits Times