As ‘public gathering’ and all major activities are suspended across the world South Korea did an unusual act. The country which was amongst the earliest to face the wrath of the virus conducted elections. Yes, South Korea held its legislative election amid the virus outbreak.
With over 2,700 active cases and around 225 deaths, the nation took the step. At a time when social distancing and staying at home are two major safeguards against COVID-19 South Korea has taken the step. Wearing masks and gloves, South Korean voters cast their ballots on Wednesday.
Polling was done from 6 AM (local time) until 6 PM (local time) at 14,330 polling stations across the country. Around 44 million eligible voters were allowed to take part in the process as per reports. The country has received international praise for its massive testing capability, drive-through testing and high-tech contact tracing.
However, the COVID-19 is still on and the nation is not free from it. Conducting elections at this time can be an invitation for the boom. Through community spreading the virus is known to spread multi-folds. The government also decided to temporarily lift quarantine rules to permit self-isolators to vote.