On Thursday, however, there was good news.
“For the first time in 72 days, we have had no new national cases,” wrote President Moon Jae-in on his Facebook page.
South Korea still had a handful of new cases on Thursday, but they were imported from abroad, into people flying into the country from the United States or Europe.
As a six-day vacation begins in South Korea, there is concern that the country’s success in removing COVID-19 may be tested.
Some 240 flights to Jeju, a tourist island at the southern tip of the country, are scheduled every day during the holiday season, and these flights are already 60-70% booked.
J.H. Shin, a data researcher in Seoul, told CBS News that she plans to travel to Jeju because after a month of homework, she wants to “get out of town and rest alone.”
When asked if she was afraid of traveling with the coronavirus, she said that she “couldn’t ignore COVID-19”, and that she was bringing her masks and hand sanitizer, and even if she knew that she “cannot walk around much”, at least she will have a view of the sea.