Corona virus cases are increasing steadily in South Korea. The number of deaths from infections is creating new records everyday. The government is considering strictly implementing measures such as social distance and lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. The number of people who have died due to the virus has increased to 612 in the country so far.
According to the Health Disease Control and Prevention Agency in the country, 1,014 new cases of corona virus have been reported on Thursday. This has increased the number of infected in the country to 46,453. As of midnight on Wednesday, 22 more people have died from the infection, much higher than the 13 deaths a day in the previous week.
Deaths were expected to increase after infection spread to Seoul and surrounding areas. On Thursday, 1,014 cases, including 423 new cases, have been reported in the densely populated city. In view of the ever increasing cases, the government has warned that it may have to impose stricter restrictions on business activity, although this step would be only a last resort.
A senior health ministry official, Yoon Taeho, said officials are considering implementing the most stringent prohibition rules to prevent the spread of infection. Under this, there will be a ban on more than 10 people depositing at some place, following social distance rules, closing non-essential businesses and instructing more and more of their employees to work from home.
Many residents of Seoul have started stocking rations amid fears of a lockdown. One resident said, “I have already ordered dozens of instant rice packages online and many of my friends and their families are traveling around big supermarkets.” Another resident said that she has cut her hair shorter than normal as a lockdown is going to happen soon, due to which around 150,000 beauty parlors and barber shops will be closed across the country.