A case of Chinese coronavirus is also confirmed in South Korea.
Sources: Yonhap News Agency
Sources: Yonhap News Agency
South Korea eases its tough social distancing measures for the next two weeks until September 28 in the Seoul Capital Area. The government lifts a ban on on-site dining after 9 pm local time, though it still requires restaurants and cafes to restrict seating and record patrons' names and contact details. Effective tomorrow, franchise coffee shops will resume normal operations, after restricting service to takeouts.
South Korea begins to restrict operations of restaurants, bakeries, and franchise coffee chains in the Seoul Capital Area in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bakeries can operate dine-in services until 9 pm, and only takeaway and delivery will be permitted from 9 pm to 5 am. For franchise coffee chains, only takeout or delivery will be permitted regardless of operating hours. These restrictions will exist until September 7.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announces that the country's level 2 restrictions, set to expire on August 30, would be extended for at least another week until September 6 as the Ministry of Health and Welfare reports over 370 new infections over the past 24 hours.
South Korea reports 397 new cases, which is the highest number of reported cases since early March as the virus is reported in all cities and provinces across the country. From that number 387 were locally transmitted.
South Korea announces a ban of large gatherings, shutting down high-risk facilities, banning in-person churches, and removing fans from professional sports nationwide tomorrow, as the country reports a new five-month high of 332 new cases in the last 24 hours, citing "a very dangerous situation that could trigger a massive nationwide spread of COVID-19".
South Korea reports its highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases since early March, with 297 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. Nearly 90% of the new cases appeared in Seoul Capital Area, where 166 of them are linked to the Sarang Jeil Church.
The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in South Korea tops 200 for the first time in five months, with 279 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The cases are traced to several conservative churches in the Seoul Capital Area.
South Korea reports 166 new cases of COVID-19. From that number, 139 were traced to Seoul and Gyeonggi Province and a significant portion of them were linked to cluster infections involving churchgoers. It is the highest number of reported new cases since March 11.
Kim Jong-un convenes an emergency meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, declares a state of emergency, and orders the lockdown of Kaesong after a person suspected of having COVID-19 returned from South Korea, after illegally crossing the DMZ. If confirmed, it would be the first time a case of COVID-19 has been officially acknowledged by North Korea.