South Korean officials express cautious hope that COVID-19 transmissions will begin to slow, after battling the country’s worst wave of infections for weeks.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday reported the country’s lowest daily jump in about two weeks with 1,372 cases.
Authorities have enforced the strictest restrictions on social distancing, except for a lockdown in the capital of Seoul and other major population centers, including banning private social gatherings of three or more people. after 6 p.m.
A senior health ministry official urged citizens to stay vigilant ahead of the Chuseok vacation next month, as millions typically travel across the country to meet with loved ones.
Less than 30% of South Korea’s population has been fully immunized.
South Korea has reported more than 250,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,285 deaths.