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Local gov'ts announce tight measures to curb COVID-19 Updated: 2020-02-22 09:01:49 KST

Local governments nationwide have rolled up their sleeves to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
In the capital Seoul, Mayor Park Won-soon has announced a total ban on rallies in major plazas in the city center starting Friday as part of efforts to protect elderly people who are active in such protests and who are more susceptible to contagious diseases.

Mayor Park said that citizens will be temporarily banned from holding rallies at Gwanghwamun Plaza, Seoul Plaza and Cheonggye Plaza, adding that those who breach the measure can be fined up to roughly 2,500 U.S. dollars.

The mayor also vowed to close down facilities in the city related to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the religious group to which, as of Friday, at least 144 confirmed cases have been linked in the southern city of Daegu.

"We decided that there is a need for strict measures on crowded areas such as the Shincheonji worship facilities. Beginning today, all Shincheonji churches in Seoul will be shut down."

Meanwhile, in Gyeonggi-do Province, Governor Lee Jae-myung, on Facebook, called for all Shincheonji facilities in the province to be closed down.
He vowed to hold an extensive survey of where the Shincheonji members have been recently in order to disinfect those places.
In addition to those efforts, numerous districts have been sending messages to their residents, alerting them about precautionary measures and what to do if they feel unwell or have had any contact with people from Daegu.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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