South Korea has confirmed a second wave of coronavirus as the minister of health has warned of a “serious situation” in the country.
The Minister of Health and the well-being of the Park Neung-hoo said a total of 90 imported cases have been identified in the course of the last week, which shows a strong increase compared to the previous week 48.
“The government needs to deal with a situation as serious as the health officials need to not only contain locally-transmitted infections, but also the management of imported cases, Park said in a meeting of the government on COVID-19 responses.
In another session, Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has recognized that the country was going through a second wave of the virus, following a surge in late February and March centered around the south-east of the city of Daegu.
People wearing masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pray during a service at the Chogyesa temple in South Korea today
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), reported 17 new infections – 11 local and 6 imported in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s total of 12,438. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 280.
It comes as the mayor of South Korea’s capital and fears that the country is losing control of a resurgence of the virus, and said Seoul will reimpose stronger social distancing measures if the daily jump in infections does not come below an average of 30 during the next three days.
“If Seoul gets penetrated (by the virus), the Republic of Korea is entering, Park Won-soon said Monday in a televised briefing, referring to South Korea by its official name.
A notice on the precautions to be taken against the novel coronavirus is displayed at a subway station in South Korea today
He also deplored what he described as the complacency of citizens in the social distance, citing an increase in the use of public transport which, he said, was close to last year’s levels in recent weeks.
Citing studies by experts from the health, Park said that the country could be, possibly, of the reports, more than 800 new cases a day a month from now, if she was not able to stem the current trends in the transmissions.
He said that the basic reproduction number of virus carriers, which measures the number of infections caused by a particular, reached nearly 1.8 for the period between 30 April and 11 June. A number > 1 indicates growth of the epidemic.
The country has been declared around 40 to 50 new cases per day since the end of May, for most of the metropolitan area of Seoul, where about half of South Korea’s 51 million people live.
South Korea has about 500 new cases per day, at the beginning of March, but has been successful in controlling the outbreak with an active testing and follow-up of contacts of the campaign.
Today, the city of Daejeon, south of the capital, announced that it would prohibit gatherings in public places such as museums and libraries after a number of small virus clusters have been discovered.