• Govt Considering Stricter Distancing Measures In Capital Region

Vice Health Minister Kim Kang-lip (L) speaks to Jung Eun-Kyeong, Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a coronavirus meeting at the government complex in Sejong on August 14, 2020.
Vice Health Minister Kim Kang-lip (L) speaks to Jung Eun-Kyeong, Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a coronavirus meeting at the government complex in Sejong on August 14, 2020.
The government is reviewing plans to upgrade quarantine measures in the capital region amid a recent surge in coronavirus infections.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip warned during a press briefing on Friday that Seoul and Gyeonggi Province are facing another crisis as the virus rapidly spreads, calling the situation grave.

Kim said stricter social distancing guidelines could be enforced.

The remarks came amid a rise in church-centered outbreaks and infections from door-to-door business, traditional markets, schools as well as fast food restaurants and cafes.

Kim said the country will have to wait and see how the situation develops over the next few days before any decisions are made.

Until then, he called on the general public to continue to follow measures such as the wearing of face masks, avoiding large group gatherings and maintaining a safe distance from others.

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