South Korea is extending its social distancing campaign for two more weeks until April 19, as the number of new coronavirus cases in the country fell to the lowest in over six weeks.
On Monday, the country reported 47 new cases, the first time since February 18 that the number has dropped below 50, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
However, Kim Ganlip, the country's Vice Health Minister, said it would be “too soon to tell if the infection is on a declining trend from this number alone,” noting that there was also a decreased amount of testing over the weekend.
All religious facilities, indoor gyms, and recreational facilities like bars and karaoke rooms will be closed for two more weeks, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced Saturday.
The number of daily new infection cases would need to remain below 50 for the government to consider an end to the social distancing campaign, he said.
As of Monday, South Korea has reported 10,284 confirmed cases and 186 deaths from the coronavirus.