South Korea in ‘grave situation’ after biggest coronavirus outbreak in five months

South Korea in ‘grave situation’ after biggest coronavirus outbreak in five months

  • Fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region
  • Spike prompts authorities to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs

South Korea reported 279 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, up from 166 the previous day, the biggest surge since March.The spike in infections prompted President Moon Jae-in to warn of new clusters in coming days in the Seoul metropolitan area.

“The daily new Covid-19 cases suddenly spiked to 279, with infections centred on some churches,” he said in a Facebook message.

“We are in a very grave situation … This is a critical moment to determine the success or failure of our quarantine efforts”.

Moon was referring to South Korea’s initial outbreak earlier this year and the country’s aggressive attempts to get its outbreaks under control.

Moon berated churches for disregarding social distancing guidelines and accused them of refusing to cooperate with health authorities in tracing contacts.