Before I get into this article, there is something I need to say. Our son lives and works in Korea. He told me two weeks ago that the government allowed the bars in Seoul to remain open for business.
He told us that it was reported that a man with CV-19 had been in close proximity to around 2000 people in the bars. Is it just me, or does the reader see clearly that one of the worst businesses to keep open during a pandemic is a bar??
Thankfully, our son does not frequent bars.
Coronavirus restrictions lifted: Second wave fears as China and South Korea reimpose some lockdowns
China and South Korea reimposed lockdown restrictions after a spike in new infections of the coronavirus raised concerns of a second wave of the pandemic.
At least 15 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Shulan, China, prompting officials to quarantine 290 people.
Authorities have also enforced martial law and locked down the northeastern city.
The Jilin provincial government declared the city at high risk for the spread of the epidemic.
Trains and vehicles, except those used by emergency rescuers, have been barred from entering the city.
Residents must stay at home, according to a report in the state newspaper Capital News.
Households can elect one person to go out to buy essential goods, like groceries.
High school students who were recently allowed to return to the classroom are once again taking their courses online.
Public service and entertainment venues, such as sports centers and libraries, have been temporarily closed.
Most restaurants are permitted only to provide takeout.
The first case of the new outbreak, which was detected Friday, involved a 45-year-old woman who is a laundry worker for a city’s public security bureau, Jilin health authorities said.
Eighteen of her close contacts were required to isolate.
Returning to normal
While contact tracing is underway in Shulan, life is making the slow return to normal elsewhere in the country.
In Shanghai, Disneyland began to reopen Monday with enhanced health and safety measures.
The park is limiting the number of people allowed to enter; enforcing social distancing in lines, restaurants and ride vehicles; and frequently sanitizing and disinfecting facilities.
Security guards are seen at Shanghai Disneyland after its reopening. Credit: Hu Chengwei/Getty Images
Nationwide, China reported 17 new cases Sunday and no deaths.
Seoul nightclubs spike
South Korea, which eased social distancing requirements last week, recorded a spike in cases linked to nightclubs in Seoul.
But authorities cautioned that it did not suggest that a second wave of the pandemic was beginning.
“The first wave has not ended and had a break to start another pandemic,” Jung Eun-Kyeong, director-general of South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Second wave preparations
But she added that the medical community is continuing preparations for a second wave of the virus in autumn or winter.
Bars and clubs have been temporarily closed in Seoul in response to the new outbreak, which has been traced to one confirmed patient who visited a slew of establishments.
People who had visited bars in the popular nightclub district Itaewon have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms, and to be tested.
‘Not over until it’s over’
President Moon Jae-in said it was a reminder that even though the spread of the virus has been controlled, it can re-emerge at any time, especially around enclosed, crowded spaces.
“It’s not over until it’s over. While keeping enhanced alertness until the end, we must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” he said at a briefing Sunday.
Across the country, 35 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the total since the beginning of the outbreak to 10,909.
Of those patients, 9,632 have recovered.
The death toll has remained steady at 256 since Friday. source
“It’s not over till it’s over” they say. It almost seems like they are pushing for a second wave, doesn’t it?