S Korea to ease corona curbs in Seoul region

14 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SEOUL: South Korea will temporarily ease coronavirus curbs in the greater Seoul area after a decline in cases, officials said on Sunday, reports AFP.

The country largely overcame an early Covid-19 surge with extensive tracing and testing, but has battled several spikes in recent weeks raising concerns of a second wave of infections.

The new cases—mainly in the greater Seoul region, home to half the country’s 52 million population—prompted authorities to tighten social distancing measures last month.

But the measures on the metropolitan area will be eased starting Monday for two weeks, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a government meeting, as new local cases declined.

“We’re not in a situation to relax yet but the effect of tightened quarantine measures has been showing little by little,” he said.

From Monday franchise coffee-shops will resume normal operations, after restricting service to takeouts.