South Korea: Covid-19 “mask rage” incidents as summer heats up | News from the world

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The start of summer has triggered an increase in “mask rage” incidents in South Korea, as warmer and disturbed commuters refuse to wear face covers or leave parts of their faces exposed.In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, the widespread use of masks has been cited as a possible explanation for the region’s relative success in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it struggles with dozens of daily cases, mostly in and around the capital Seoul.

To avoid a second major epidemic, the government demanded in June that masks be worn on all buses and subways, as well as inside taxis, drivers being allowed to refuse passengers without facemasks.

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