Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. Photo on Wikimedia Commons

South Korea returns to lockdown after new spike

Art centre, Yeonsu-gu
Art centre, Yeonsu-gu

Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes

South Korea has reimplemented strict lockdown measures in the capital Seoul following the biggest spike of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months.

Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, health minister Park Neung-hoo said. Companies are being urged to reintroduce flexible working hours among other measures.

The move follows the biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days, in a country that appeared to have brought the outbreak under control. The new lockdown will take effect in the capital’s metropolitan area, which is home to half of South Korea’s 51 million people. It will remain in place until June 14.

Residents of Seoul have also been advised to avoid social gatherings or going to crowded places, including restaurants and bars. Religious facilities have been asked to be extra vigilant with quarantine measures…

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