South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Sunday put country on the highest possible alert in its fight against the coronavirus, is a move that empowers the government to lock down the cities and take other sweeping measures to contain Coronavirus outbreak.
As Italy imposes its own regional lockdown and cases of virus rise in Iran. The South Korea’s leader urges an ‘all-out, concerted response.’
The South Korea’s government raised the COVID-19 alert to its highest level, after a recent implosion of the confirmed infection cases that took the country’s tally from 31 on Feb. 18 to 763 on Monday morning. And up till now, Seven people have died from the virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President said at an emergency meeting of the government officials, “The coming few days will be a critical time for us,” and to discuss the outbreak that in just days has spiraled to 602 confirmed infections and six deaths.
“Central government, local governments, and the health officials and the medical personnel and entire people must wage an all-out, concerted response to problem.”
Most of South Korea’s coronavirus cases are in southeastern city of Daegu that has essentially been placed under a state of the emergency, although people are still free to enter and leave the city. According to 59-year-old man on Sunday was the sixth person to die in country after contracting the virus.
More than half of the people confirmed to have been infected are either members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, and a secretive religious sect with a strong presence in Daegu, or their relatives or other contacts.
The Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun also urged people on Saturday to comply with a ban on the large protests in Seoul, the capital where the large political demonstrations are commonplace. But the thousands of Christian activists defied the ban that day, by gathering for their weekly protest against Mr. Moon, whom they accuse of the coddling North Korea and mismanaging the economy.