South Korea's Prime Minister Urges for COVID-19 Caution Ahead of Halloween Weekend

© AP Photo / Eugene HoshikoA child wearing a big skull participates a Halloween costume festival in Tokyo, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
A child wearing a big skull participates a Halloween costume festival in Tokyo, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has asked the government on Friday to ramp up counter-coronavirus efforts so that the upcoming Halloween celebrations during the weekend do not result in new hotbeds of COVID-19 in the country.

"I ask that related agencies and local governments focus all their efforts on antivirus work so that the Halloween weekend does not end up becoming a source of a mass virus spread," Chung said during a government meeting, as quoted by South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The prime minister has also asked young people to refrain from organising Halloween parties and continue abiding by standard prevention measures, such as wearing masks and exercising personal hygiene, according to the report.

© AP Photo / Ahn Young-joonSouth Korean Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun takes off his face mask to hold a press conference on South Korea's recent preventive measures against the new coronavirus at the Seoul Correspondent Club in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020
South Korea's Prime Minister Urges for COVID-19 Caution Ahead of Halloween Weekend - Sputnik International
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun takes off his face mask to hold a press conference on South Korea's recent preventive measures against the new coronavirus at the Seoul Correspondent Club in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020
"Fortunately major nightclubs in Seoul decided to suspend business [during the Halloween weekend], but we cannot remain at ease, given the festive nature of Halloween celebrations," Chung added, as quoted in the report.

As of Friday, South Korea has reported 26,385 coronavirus cases, including 463 deaths.

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