BERITA ASIA Seoul mandates face masks as South Korea battles spike...

Seoul mandates face masks as South Korea battles spike in coronavirus

-

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s capital Seoul on Monday mandated the wearing of face masks in both indoor and outdoor public places for the first time, as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases centred in the densely populated city region.

In May, Seoul’s government had ordered that face masks be worn on public transport and taxis, but the latest spike in cases has health officials worried that the country may need to impose its highest level of social distancing.

The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 266 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, a drop from the 397 new infections reported a day earlier but a continuation of more than a week of triple-digit daily increases.

In Seoul, people will now be required to wear face masks in public indoor places, as well as crowded outdoor areas, except while eating or drinking, the city announced on Sunday.

The national government also extended second-tier social-distancing rules which had been in place in Seoul to other areas of the country, banning in-person church meetings and closing nightclubs, buffets and cyber cafes.

Officials say that South Korea is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic as the number of new cases is increasing in all 17 regions across the country.

Health authorities say they are considering imposing the toughest stage 3 social-distancing rules, where schools and business are urged to close, if the spread of new cases does not slow soon.

Berita terkini

Covid-19: Lapan kluster baharu dikesan, jumlah keseluruhan 96

Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) mengesan lapan lagi kluster baharu, menjadikan kluster aktif Covid-19 di negara ini kini berjumlah 96. Ketua Pengarah...

Jumpa mayat reput di belakang kuil

Taiping: Mayat reput ditemui penduduk di kawasan semak belakang kuil di Taman Zenith, di sini, semalam. Ketua Polis Daerah Taiping,...

‘Raja’ Macau Scam Goh Leong Yeong lolos panjat pagar SPRM diburu polis

Bukit Aman sedang memburu dalang utama atau ‘Raja’ Macau Scam yang melarikan diri dengan memanjat pintu pagar belakang ibu...

ADUN Kunak positif COVID-19

KUNAK: Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kunak, Norazlinah Arif hari ini memaklumkan beliau disahkan positif COVID-19. Menerusi hantaran di akaun...

4 pengadil dilayang ‘kad merah’

Tiada ihsan ke atas pengadil yang gagal melaksanakan tugas dengan baik selepas empat pengadil dilayangkan 'kad merah' dan empat...

Proton Persona dipandu gila sebelum terbakar

Kajang: Kereta Proton Persona yang terbakar di Jalan Suakasih Bandar Tun Hussein Onn di sini, pagi tadi, dikesan dipandu...

Popular

Anggota Narkotik Ditempatkan Di Semua SJR Bendung Aktiviti Dadah

Anggota Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Narkotik Polis Diraja Malaysia (JSJN)...

“Bantuan Satu Budaya ” UMNO Sabah Kecewa Kenyataan Shafie Apdal

Alasan keras yang dilemparkan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri...