İrem UZUN -TDO- The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced on Thursday that South Korea has reported no new domestic coronavirus cases for the first time since February. KCDC reported four new infections, all imported cases, taking the national tally to 10,765. The death toll rose by one to 247.
The health authorities also concluded no local transmission occurred from a parliamentary election this month, where authorities took safety measures, including requiring voters to wear masks and plastic gloves when casting ballots. “Twenty-nine million voters participated in the April 15 parliamentary election… Not one case related to the election has been reported during the 14 days of incubation period,” Yoon Tae-ho, director general for public health policy, told a briefing. Yoon thanked staff and voters, who disinfected polling stations across the country and maintained the distance between each other.
The country experienced its first case on January 20 but didn't see infections ramp up until mid-February. They peaked on February 29 with 909 daily cases and have been trending down ever since. After grappling with the first major outbreak outside China, South Korea has largely managed to bring the outbreak under control without major disruptions through a massive testing campaign and intensive contact tracing.