“In the metropolitan region, we believe that the first wave was from March to April and from February to March,” Jeong said at a briefing regular. “Then, we see that the second wave was triggered by the May holiday has been going on. ”
At the end of February, South Korea has reported a peak of more than 900 cases in a day, in the first great epidemic of the coronavirus outside of China.
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An intensive follow-up and the test campaign has reduced the number to a single digit by the end of April.
But, as the country announced that it was easing social distancing guidelines at the beginning of May, new cases have soared, thanks, in part, by infections among young people who have visited the nightclubs and bars in Seoul during the holiday weekend.
“Initially, we had predicted that the second wave would come out in fall or winter,” Jeong said. “Our prediction turned out to be false. As long as people are in close contact with others, we believe that the infections will continue.”
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said in a briefing, daily while numbers can be to manageable levels, if recent rates of infection following the city could soon see hundreds of cases per day.
As of midnight Sunday, South Korea reported 17 new cases of coronavirus, the first time in almost a month that every day of new cases has dropped below 20. It was a drop from the 48 and 67 cases reported in the previous two days.
South Korea has reported a total of 12,438 cases, with 280 deaths.