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Local gov'ts nationwide adopt tougher emergency measures to tackle COVID-19 Updated: 2020-02-24 16:08:24 KST

Local governments nationwide are adopting stricter emergency measures to stop the virus's spread.
That includes postponing hearings in court.
On Monday, the Office of Court Administration recommended that courts across the country delay or reschedule hearings that are not urgent.
The capital city Seoul is doing all it can to stop the virus too.

"At the Safety Management Committee meeting held at 10 o'clock this morning, related organizations such as the local police agency and the Korean Red Cross and civic groups discussed ways to strengthen cooperation."

Also, to disperse people during commute times,starting Monday, over seventy percent of government employees in the city will work from ten to seven instead of nine to six.

That applies to more than 40-thousand civil servants across all 25 districts in the capital.
More than 5-thousand kindergartens in the city will be closed for the next two weeks, but teachers will take shifts to take care of children who cannot get parental care at home.
Plus, on top of 400 beds newly prepared, the city plans to secure a total of more than 9-hundred.
To minimize close contact as much as possible, Mayor Park Won-soon once again vowed to ban all rallies in major plazas across the city.
All structures set for up rallies that do take place will be also be taken down.

"Again, most of the participants in rallies and protests are elderly and more susceptible to the virus. We need to take tougher measures to protect the citizens' health."

Gyeonggi-do Province has also taken emergency measures.
All churches in the province will be closed and rallies related to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus will be prohibited for the next 14 days.
Shincheonji is the religious group from which a large number of confirmed cases in Korea have originated.
Provincial Governor Lee Jae-myung has urged the group to provide a list of those who live or work in Gyeonggi-do.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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