South Korea on Sunday registered the highest number of daily cases of new COVID-19 since the beginning of March, and the authorities warned that the country “is on the verge of a pandemic at the national level”, tightening the norms of social distancing.
Most of the 397 new infections occurred south of the capital, Seoul, where half of the country’s population (51 million people) live, warned the South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
The authorities announced new measures of social distancing, which could include the closure of schools and shops if the escalation of infections continues.
“The situation is very serious and serious and we are on the verge of a pandemic at the national level,” said the head of the KCDC, Jung Eun-kyeong, in statements to the press.
“Please, if possible, stay at home,” Jung said, adding that the number of infections has not yet reached its highest level.
South Korea has so far registered 17,399 new coronavirus cases, with 309 deaths.