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Moon urges no let-up in coronavirus alert ahead of another holiday period

All News 15:51 October 05, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in expressed his appreciation Monday for South Korean people's cooperation in the fight against the novel coronavirus during the Chuseok holiday season and requested continued support for the government's anti-virus campaign.

He cited another holiday season to start on Friday, which is Hangeul Day, or Korean Alphabet Day, while speaking in front of pool reporters and cameras during a weekly meeting with his senior Cheong Wa Dae aides.

President Moon Jae-in speaks at a meeting with his senior secretaries at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Oct. 5, 2020. (Yonhap)

Many South Koreans refrained from visiting family members or traveling during the extended Chuseok holiday, or the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving Day.

A daily average of 5.19 million people migrated over the six days through Sunday, a 19.3 percent reduction from last year's Chuseok period, statistics compiled by the government showed.

However, more than 31 million people made journeys, short or long, during the season, Moon pointed out.

"The special coronavirus prevention period for the Chusoek holidays will continue through this weekend, and it's the time to minimize the spread of the virus," he emphasized.

South Korea will be able to get out of the two-month-long crisis of a resurgence in coronavirus cases and gradually enter the "stabilization stage" only when the people join hands and ensure a downward trend despite their difficulties and inconveniences, the president added.

Meanwhile, he said his government will redouble its push for the goal of turning South Korea into a digital and content power.

He took note of a recent global survey suggesting the country's enhanced digital competitiveness.

The country ranked eighth in the 2020 World Digital Competitiveness Assessment released by the Swiss International Institute for Management and Development (IMD), a two-step rise from the previous year.

Moon said the government will achieve the "great transformation" of South Korea from a follower economy to a pacesetter via its digital economy drive.

"Our goal of a digital powerhouse and content renaissance era is not a thing of a distant future," he said.


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