The epidemic situation in the capital circle of South Korea may trigger a new national “pandemic”

The first chief coordinator of the central disaster safety response Department of South Korea warned on the 20th that the recent cluster infection in Seoul and its surrounding areas may trigger a nationwide “pandemic” of the new epidemic. < / P > < p > recently, many newly diagnosed cases in the capital circle of South Korea were associated with the “love first” church in the North District of Seoul and the rally held in Guanghuamen square in Seoul on 15th. On the same day, Quan Kyung Yu, Deputy Minister of the central anti epidemic strategy headquarters of South Korea, said on the same day that the epidemic prevention department believed that the “love first” church and the Guanghua gate assembly were the “catalysts” for the spread of the epidemic to the whole country. < p > < p > as of 12:00 on the 20th, there were 676 confirmed cases of “love first” church; 60 cases of confirmed cases related to Guanghuamen assembly, including believers of “love first” church. According to the South Korean police, four of the police who maintained the assembly order in the Guanghuamen area on the 15th were confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus during home isolation. The police plan to carry out virus detection on all police officers on duty on the 15th before the 21st. According to the Yonhap news agency, if the epidemic continues to spread at the current speed or accelerates, the epidemic prevention department of South Korea may raise the social distance limit level to the third stage, the highest level, with specific measures including school suspension and staff working at home. < p > < p > the Seoul municipal government issued new rules on the 20th, banning large-scale meetings of more than 10 people in Seoul from 0:00 on the 21st to 24:00 on the 30th. < p > < p > the Seoul municipal government said that violators of epidemic prevention regulations will be fined up to 3 million won, and the government intends to prosecute individuals or groups that organize gatherings illegally on criminal charges. < p > < p > South Korea has been tightening its epidemic prevention measures in the past week. On the 16th, it raised the social distance limit between Seoul and Gyeonggi to the second stage. On the 18th, it decided to implement similar measures in Incheon. On the 19th, it banned offline meetings of churches in Seoul, Gyeonggi and Incheon, and allowed only online religious ceremonies. < p > < p > a community medical center in northern Seoul began operation on the 19th, providing 382 beds. The facility has temporarily reduced bed utilization in Seoul city hospitals. The Gyeonggi government said bed utilization in Gyeonggi hospitals increased from about 28% two weeks ago to 85.6% in terms of admission of new crown patients.