S.Korea daily COVID-19 cases top 100,000, curfew eased ahead of election

S.Korea daily COVID-19 cases top 100,000, curfew eased ahead of election
# 18 February 2022 09:50 (UTC +04:00)

South Korea's new daily COVID-19 cases topped 100,000 for the first time amid its Omicron outbreak, with authorities saying social distancing measures would be only slightly eased ahead of the March 9 presidential election, APA reports citing Reuters.

Authorities announced on Friday they would move a curfew on restaurants and cafes from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., a nod to increasing criticism from business owners.

"The situation for small business owners and the self-employed is desperate," President Moon Jae-in told a meeting of aides on Friday, when calling for the parliament to quickly pass a supplemental budget with measures for "resolving the difficulties of the people's livelihood."

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