South Korea's new cases of Covid-19 drops to single figures 6 months ago

South Korea's new cases of Covid-19 drops to single figures

Some positive news.

South Korea has reported its fewest number of new cases of Covid-19 since late February.

In promising news for other nations around the world, South Korea reported just eight new cases of the virus on Sunday.

It's the first time the country's new cases have fallen to single digits since the outbreak worsened in February following a cluster of cases at a religious sect.

South Korea extended its social distancing policy for another 16 days on Sunday in the hope of preventing a fresh surge in cases but has relaxed some guidelines.

It means that some sporting fixtures can return behind closed doors while other higher risk activities can resume as long as certain protocols are followed, such as proper disinfection practices.

"It is safest to maintain the intensive social distancing, but it isn't easy realistically. We need to find a middle ground," Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.

"If we can maintain a stable management at the current level, we will shift to 'routine social distancing' from 6 May," Chung said.

He said the country may return to the normal life from 6 May providing the virus remains under control.

There have been聽10,661 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Korea and 234 people have died from the virus.