Seoul ‘shuts down’ in bid to blunt COVID-19

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SEOUL — Seoul will go into a partial lockdown for a week in an attempt to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading from the capital to the rest of the country, the city office said Sunday.

Acting Seoul Mayor Seo Jung-hyup said in a regular briefing that the city will be “put on hold” until Sept. 6 before the coronavirus situation unfolds into “an even worse economic disaster.”

As the numbers jump back to first-wave levels in recent weeks, with Seoul at the center this time, the government on Friday decided to impose physical distancing measures of unprecedented intensity.

Under the new guidance, only takeout orders are allowed at coffee chains. For restaurants, dining in …

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