South Korea to loosen social distancing orders from May 6

South Korea will relax its strict social distancing rules starting Wednesday as the number of new coronavirus cases have remained low in the country, South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.

The measures to contain the spread of the virus have been in effect since March 22.

At a briefing, Chung said that from Wednesday closed facilities will reopen gradually and events and gatherings will be allowed as long as they abide by disinfection guidelines.

Local governments can however adjust their administrative orders according to local circumstances, Chung said.

Chung suggested that the country’s health authorities review lowering the current highest alert level but urged the nation to maintain some social distancing measures in everyday life.

The numbers: South Korea reported 13 new virus cases on Sunday, bringing the nation’s total infection cases to 10,793, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).


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