The Prime Minister of South Korea Jung Hong-won announces his immediate resignation following growing criticism of the response to the sinking of the MV "Sewol".
South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and Minister for National Defnese Suh Wook apologize for the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the destroyer "Munmu the Great" off the coast of Africa. Currently, nearly 250 of the 301 unvaccinated crew aboard the ship have contracted COVID-19. Prime Minister Kim says "I apologize for having failed to take better care of the health of our soldiers who devoted themselves to the country".
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announces the closure of nightclubs, bars, and other nightly entertainment facilities in the Seoul Capital Area and Busan beginning April 15, along with the extension of social distancing measures for three weeks due to concerns about a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announces that the country will ban gatherings of more than five people and order all ski resorts and tourist attractions to close from December 24 until January 3 in order to contain the third wave of COVID-19.
South Korean lawmakers impeach President Park Geun-hye by a 234–56 vote. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, a staunch defender of Ms. Park, will serve as acting president. South Korea's Constitutional Court has up to 180 days to render a final decision.
In South Korea, fifteen members of the crew of the MV "Sewol" are sentenced for criminal negligence in the ferry disaster with the captain sentenced to 36 years and the chief engineer sentenced to 30 years.