|Government employees try quick response (QR) code-based entry logs at the government complex in Sejong, in this June 2 photo. Yonhap|
By Bahk Eun-ji
People will be required to carry quick response (QR) codes on their mobile phones if they want to attend cram schools or use PC rooms in the Seoul metropolitan area the health authorities said Friday, as a measure to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The QR scanning move is part of the tougher infection disease prevention measures in densely populated areas including the capital and Incheon, and adjacent cities in Gyeonggi Province.
“Extended social distancing measures will also be enforced until the number of new daily cases in the areas falls to single digits. We have come up with these measures to minimize disruptions in school classrooms and damage to the livelihoods of businesses that could be caused if we go back to full social distancing. They are needed to block the chain of infections concentrated in the Seoul metropolitan area,” said Health Minister Park Neung-hoo during a press briefing at the Government Complex in Seoul.
It’s unclear how long it will take to implement the measure.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 56 new infections Thursday, including 43 local cases, which raised the nation’s total to 12,003. The total death tally increased by one to 277.