South Korea is closing all its parks, museums, and art galleries across Seoul, and warned it may have to reimpose more sweeping restrictions after seeing its largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases in over 50 days.
The country, which has been gradually reopening since May 6, recorded 79 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. That is its highest daily new cases since it reported 81 new infections on April 5.
Park Neung-hoo, South Korea’s health minister, said the closures would start on Friday and run for two weeks.
He also warned that more steps would need to be taken if the country records more than 50 new cases a day for seven days in a row, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
“The next two weeks are crucial to prevent the spread of the infection in the metropolitan area,” he said.
“We will have to return to social distancing if we fail.”