SEOUL (1) - Authorities in South Korea pleaded with residents on Friday to stay indoors and keep away from massive gatherings as new coronavirus cases hovered shut to 100 per day, together with a number of folks engaged on an American military base in the nation.
A lady sporting a protecting face masks to stop contracting the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) walks stairs in Seoul, South Korea March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
South Korea reported 91 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the nationwide tally to 9,332, the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned.
The nation has reported related each day numbers for the previous two weeks, down from a excessive of over 900 in late February.
The federal government has sought to persuade a stressed public that a number of extra weeks of social distancing and self-isolation could also be wanted to permit well being authorities to tamp down the smaller however nonetheless regular stream of new cases.
“Because the climate is getting nicer, I do know lots of you'll have plans to go exterior,” Yoon Tae-ho, director-general for public well being coverage on the well being ministry, informed a briefing.
“However social distancing can't be profitable when it’s solely a person, it wants to be the entire neighborhood.”
The U.S. military command this week additionally moved to attempt to prohibit the actions of roughly 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea.
On Friday United States Forces Korea (USFK) reported that an American contractor had examined optimistic, the third case to be confirmed this week amongst Individuals working on the sprawling Camp Humphreys, which hosts the headquarters of the U.S. military command in South Korea.
Late on Thursday an American soldier stationed on the camp south of Seoul examined optimistic, as did one other American contractor additionally working there earlier this week.
That makes 12 folks - together with two troopers - associated to USFK to take a look at optimistic.
Officers are searching for to hint the sufferers’ earlier actions, together with the soldier, who was at work and different places at Camp Humphreys as late because the day she examined optimistic.
USFK declared a public well being emergency, which supplies commanders extra authority to guarantee “complete pressure compliance” with rules aimed toward stopping the unfold of the illness by proscribing the actions of not solely troops, but additionally their households, in addition to different civilians who work on the bases.
“We can not permit the actions of some, who knowingly and selfishly take issues into their very own palms, place the remainder of inhabitants at an unacceptable degree of danger,” USFK mentioned in a letter this week.
“Leaders have a duty to do every thing in their energy to defend all members of the group and make sure nobody can infiltrate our protecting ‘bubbles’.”
As just lately as Wednesday a Fb web page affiliated with Camp Humphreys was promoting leisure occasions for Thursday and Friday.
It's unclear if these gatherings have been cancelled, however new statements on the camp’s social media websites mentioned as of Friday all motion on the bottom was restricted to “solely naked requirements, which suggests meals and life-health-safety.”
Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith; Modifying by Tom Hogue and Michael Perry