S.Korea orders ski vacation resort, winter season tourism shutdown to suppress …

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By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) – South Korea on Tuesday moved to shut down all ski resorts and winter season vacationer places in a bid to halt the novel coronavirus spreading as a third wave of the pandemic proves a lot tougher to incorporate in the densely populated area of the funds town.

From Dec. 24 to Jan. 3, the federal government will near ski amenities and vacationer points of interest, preferred in the course of the calendar year-stop year, explained Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, speaking in the course of a televised briefing. Gatherings of extra than 4 individuals will not be permitted, he reported, whilst tighter anti-virus curbs will be imposed on restaurants to tamp down infections.

The announcement will come following Seoul and encompassing parts banned gatherings of far more than 4 people today about the Christmas and New 12 months vacations with the country recording its best daily death toll from the coronavirus on Monday.

South Korea claimed 869 new coronavirus scenarios as of Monday midnight, the Korea Ailment Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) stated on Tuesday, down from the every day report of 1,097 documented above the weekend.

The rash of new instances has shaken a state that has for months been held up as a mitigation success story. The new situations deliver the nation’s tally to 51,460 bacterial infections, with 722 fatalities.

“The message the govt is urging the persons is distinct,” Chung mentioned. “We sincerely ask you to terminate all travels and gatherings and stay house throughout Christmas and New Calendar year holidays.”

The nationwide governing administration has so much resisted calls to impose Phase 3 in the country’s anti-COVID-19 ideas, the hardest of all categorized social distancing policies that would in essence lock down Asia’s fourth-premier financial system. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Kenneth Maxwell)

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