Customers at a cafe sit spaced in line with social distancing guidelines to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. (Photo: Yonhap News)
South Korea will extend its current social distancing scheme for another two weeks to combat the spread of COVID-19 as cluster infections continue emerge in the capital and other regions.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun revealed Friday during an interagency response meeting that the government has decided to extend the current distancing levels for another two weeks.
The greater Seoul area, home to around half of the nation's 52-million population, will remain under Level 2 distancing while the rest of the country will be subject to Level 1.5 distancing rules.
Chung said the ban on private social gatherings of five or more people and restrictions on small businesses, such as curfews for restaurants and cafes, will also remain in place for an additional two weeks.
Current distancing measures were slated to expire Sunday.
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