South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo Kyum announced on Friday that the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic to curb the spread of the SARS-Omicron variant -CoV-2 would be extended by another two weeks until January 16.
“It is too early to believe that we have overcome the crisis,” said Kim at a meeting of the pandemic management working group in Seoul, saying that the Asian country still has many people in serious condition and deaths from COVID-19 give.
The restrictions, which were originally in effect through Sunday, include a four-person limit for social gatherings and a night curfew. The government re-implemented it on December 18, causing a setback in the South Korean authorities’ plan of coexistence with the virus.
However, Kim has hinted that the pandemic situation in South Korea is improving, but warned against falling into “complacency”, according to the Yonhap news agency. This Friday, the health authorities counted fewer than 5,000 daily cases for the first time in three days.
Specifically, the authorities have registered 4,875, bringing the total number since the beginning of the pandemic to 630,838. In addition, 5,563 people died of the disease, 108 more than in the previous record. More than a thousand people are currently in serious condition.