A Korean holiday weekend in early May marked the beginning of a new wave of novel coronavirus disease infections in the greater Seoul area, which had previously seen only a few COVID-19 cases.
The mayor of the South Korean capital also warned that the metropolitan city may have to return to strict social distancing, should cases top 30 on average over three days and the bed occupancy rate of the city’s hospitals exceeds the threshold of 70%.
Authorities in South Korea have managed to avoid having to lock down the country and have instead relied on voluntary social distancing measures alongside an aggressive track, trace and test strategy to combat the coronavirus.
A total of 280 people have died since the country reported its first COVID-19 case back in January 20. Overall, more than 12,000 infections have been recorded and it is thought that currently there remain under 1,300 active coronavirus cases in the country.