COVID-19 in 'full swing' in South Korea. Contagions are rising

It seems that many people participated in a political demonstration some days ago, and they got infected. This way, the government of South Korea fears a new nationwide COVID-19 pandemic spread.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 288 new cases as of midnight on Wednesday, marking a week of triple-digit daily increases. Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip reported that this is a grave situation in South Korea with COVID-19. On the other hand, the KCDC deputy director Kwon Jun-wook said that without aggressive contact tracing, the country could experience the types of spikes and continued infections witnessed in the United States and Europe.

 

How was the situation in South Korea with COVID-19 before?

South Korea has reported 16,346 cases of the new coronavirus with 307 COVID-19 deaths.  South Korea was one of the first countries outside China to see an explosive spread of the novel coronavirus, but intensive tracing and testing had brought infections under control and quelled a subsequent series of spikes.
this new outbreak seems to be driven by hundreds of COVID-19 infections among members of a church. They had attended an anti-government protest in Seoul on Aug. 15. Kwon urged all demonstrators to get tested immediately at nearby public health clinics to protect the vulnerable around them. If infections continue rising at the current rate or accelerate, authorities say they will likely impose the strictest level of social distancing.

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