South Korea restricts large gatherings in its battle against the spread of the novel Coronavirus

In its battle against the novel Coronavirus, South Korea has announced its stringent new measures to ban large gatherings, close beaches, shut nightspots and churches along with removing fans from professional sports.

“We are now in a very dangerous situation that could trigger a massive nationwide spread of COVID-19,” said Health Minister Park Neung-hoo who announced the strict measures shortly after the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 332 new cases for the ninth straight day of triple digit increase in the COVID-19 cases. Churches had been a major source of rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

So far, the country has reported 17,002 COVID-19 cases, including 309 deaths, in response to which, the government has already imposed elevated social distancing norms in Seoul.

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