Game on: South Korean football and baseball seasons start over this week as officials release the lockdown
Game on: South Korea’s football and baseball season to restart this week as officials cut lockdown measures to 250 after death
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Sports events such as football and baseball will resume this week in South Korea, as the nation prepares to facilitate social distance measures.
The resumption of South Korea’s football and baseball season also coincides with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.
But Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said at a government conference on Sunday that meetings are only allowed “on condition that they follow disinfection measures.”
The relaxation of social distancing measures is due in large part to a continuing decline in the number of new cases of coronavirus in recent days.
Pictured: Yang Eui-ji of NC Dinos (South Korea) against the Lotte Giants at the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) exhibition in Changwon, South Korea, April 21
“Meetings and events are allowed provided they follow disinfection measures” – Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun. Picture: a player from NC Dinos, against the Lotte Giants
South Korea introduced strict social distance guidelines in March, after the nation saw one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside of China.
South Korea has registered 10,793 confirmed coronavirus cases and 250 deaths, according to recent data from Johns Hopkins University.
Since South Korea introduced social distancing in March, numerous entertainment and sports events have been postponed or canceled.
Religious services were also suspended.
However, as the number of new cases in the country decreases, activities of ‘daily life’ can resume on Wednesday (May 6), according to a report in The Straits Times.
Pictured: A screen telling passengers about precautions against coronavirus at Seoul train station in South Korea
In the photo: two women wearing a face mask walking around the courtyard at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea
Pictured: People taking exams and observing social distance rules at Daegu Exhibition & Convention Center, South Korea, on May 2
Pictured: people outside a Catholic Church in South Korea on May 3 wearing face masks and observing social distance measurements
South Korea appears to have been successful in bringing the numbers under control because of a widespread “trace, test and treat” initiative that has been widely acclaimed.
It reported just 13 new infections on Sunday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control.
As a result, some sports, including football and baseball, starting their new seasons this week may be resumed, albeit behind closed doors.
“South Korea will implement the daily life quarantine program from Wednesday,” said Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.
“Meetings and events are allowed provided they follow the disinfection measures.”
The South Korean government will also announce this week when students can return to school.
This is expected to be mid-May Yonhap News Agency.