South Korea is restoring tough coronavirus restrictions as cases spike in the country.
It's a major reversal of the country's "living with COVID-19" policy.
Measures had been eased just last month.
We've faced a critical moment in the process of going back to our normal lives, which we had started with difficulty.
In order to over come this crisis wisely,
it is most important to pause for the next two weeks to stop the chain of infections in our community and lower risks of infection.
Private gatherings will be limited to four people from six, there will be a 9pm curfew on restaurants and cafes.
Unvaccinated people can only dine alone or do takeaways.
The curbs will return from Saturday and last for about two weeks.
A persistent spike in both new and serious cases is threatening to overwhelm the country's medical system.
Currently, 87% of ICU beds are occupied nationwide.