Daily Activities Grind to Halt Again


August 24, 2020 13:26

A surge in coronavirus infections in the Seoul metropolitan area has brought daily activities to a screeching halt.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 397 new coronavirus infections were reported on Saturday, 300 of them in the Seoul metropolitan area.

Infections have been reported in government offices and a Samsung factory as well as coffee shops, private crammers and performing arts centers, demonstrating that relaxing social-distancing rules can trigger infections anywhere.

Seats are empty on a train bound for Busan at Seoul Station in the capital on Sunday.

The latest surge is keeping people at home amid tightened social-distancing rules, affecting the business of restaurants, entertainment establishments and shopping malls. This is reminiscent of the situation back in March, when infections surged around the epicenter of the Shincheonji sect in Daegu.

According to KORAIL, the number of KTX passengers had recovered to last year’s levels as of Aug. 14, but has since plummeted more than 50 percent on-year.

Movie theaters, which had also seen a tentative recovery, have been hit hard. The number of moviegoers fell to 1.69 million last week, down around 1.15 million from a week earlier. 

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