South Korea warns of COVID-19 rebounds as countries begin to ease restrictions

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South Korea is experiencing a rebound with coronavirus cases just as restrictions are gradually being eased.

“It’s not over until it’s over,” President Moon Jae-in told the nation on Sunday. 34 new infections, the highest since April 9 were reported by the Korea for Disease Control and Prevention. Apparently the outbreaks are due to reattendance at nightclubs.

“We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” Moon said in a televised speech. “We are in a prolonged war. I ask everyone to comply with safety precautions and rules until the situation is over even after resuming daily lives.”

The outbreak may have originated from a young man who visited multiple nightclubs last week before testing positive for the virus. Twenty-four out of 26 new cases have been categorised as community transmitted and originating from that man.

“This case is once again showing a rapid spread of the virus as well as high infectiousness,” KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said. “We’re in a battle against time to head off additional transmissions in the local communities.”

Australia has been tracking the virus globally, and plans only to reopen nightclubs in the final stage of easing restrictions.

Seoul at night

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