Metropolitan area, 4 steps of distancing from the 12th… What’s different?

On the morning of the 8th, in the midst of the 4th pandemic, with 1,275 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the highest since the Corona 19 incident, citizens line up for testing at the screening clinic at the Gangnam-gu Health Center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. [사진=뉴스1]
As the spread of COVID-19 is soaring, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeding 1,000 every day, the highest level of quarantine measures in the metropolitan area, the 4th stage of social distancing, is being applied.

Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom announced at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (Corona 19) response on the morning of the 9th that “the 4th step increase in social distancing in the metropolitan area will be implemented for two weeks from the 12th.”

Prime Minister Kim said, “Please refrain from holding private gatherings from today. We also suspend measures to ease quarantine for those who have been vaccinated,” he said. This 4-step measure will be implemented for two weeks from the 12th to the 25th.

According to the new social distancing reform plan, up to two people can gather after 6 pm when the 4th level is upgraded. Clubs, emotional bars, and hunting pochas cannot be operated. The 10 p.m. limit for restaurants and cafes remains the same, and various facilities such as karaoke rooms and gyms also have a 10 p.m. limit.

In the case of public institutions and companies, telecommuting is recommended, and events such as briefing sessions and commemorative ceremonies are prohibited. Sports matches will be played without spectators. All gatherings and events other than single-person demonstrations are prohibited, and only relatives are allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

On the other hand, as of 00:00 on the 8th, there were 1,275 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Korea, the highest number ever. The quarantine authorities estimated that if the current epidemic continues, the number of confirmed cases will increase to 1,400 by the end of this month, and to 2,140 if it worsens.

Reporter Lee Ji-won [email protected]

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