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Seoul tightens coronavirus rules, shuts nightclubs

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:13 AM
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus wait for buses at a bus station in Goyang, South Korea, on Sunday, November 22. South Korea  says it will impose stricter social-distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to f
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus wait for buses at a bus station in Goyang, South Korea, on Sunday, November 22. South Korea says it will impose stricter social-distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

South Korea is imposing stricter social-distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday that the authorities have found 62 virus clusters in the past two weeks. He said the toughened distancing guidelines in the Seoul area will be enforced for two weeks, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 24).

Under the rules, nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment facilities must shut down and late-night dining at restaurants will be banned. Customers won’t be allowed to drink or eat inside coffee shops, Internet cafés or fitness centres, while audiences at sports events will be limited to 10 per cent of the stadium’s capacity.

South Korea reported 330 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, raising its total to 30,733, including 505 deaths.