South Korea Experiences Continued COVID-19 Spread As Lockdown Eased

( South Korea was praised early on for its management of the Chinese coronavirus. The nation, which already widely used face masks in public, was able to minimize the impact of the virus and reduce the spread of the virus quickly. However, it doesn’t mean the virus is completely gone.

In fact, South Korea has confirmed another 62 cases of the coronavirus in a 24-hour period recently, as the country faces new cluster outbreaks of the virus. The news comes as the country continues to relax lockdown measures and allow people to return to normal life.

The Associated Press reports that on Sunday, the additional cluster outbreaks took the nation’s total infection count to 12,715 and 282 deaths – miniscule compared to other countries.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 of the latest cases were “domestically infected” and a further 22 cases came from abroad. 26 of the cases infected domestically were discovered in the Seoul metropolitan area, one of the most densely populated parts of the country.

South Korea, despite having a relatively small number of people infected, has been struggling to contain the virus since it started relaxing the social distancing measures that were put in place. In early May, those restrictions were lifted and since then, the virus has become much more difficult to manage.

The new cases discovered in Seoul are linked to people who attended church services, worked in working-class jobs, and attended nightclubs.

It suggests that opening up the economy too early was perhaps not a wise idea.

As a result, the Korean Prime Minister urged the people of South Korea to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19.

The news also comes as the United States sees an increase in infections in Texas and Florida. The state of Florida was among the first states to relax lockdown measures, allowing people to attend restaurants and bars as normal. As a result, lockdown measures are being reimplemented in Texas and Florida, requiring restaurants to halve their indoor capacities and stopping bars from serving alcohol indoors.