Nearly 1,500 in South Korea caught drunk driving in first 4 days of ‘living with Covid-19’

Seoul – Nearly 1,500 people were caught driving under the influence (DUI) in the first four days after the country lifted business hour restrictions and raised the cap on private gatherings under its “living with COVID-19” scheme, police said Saturday.

A total of 1,486 people were busted for DUIs between Monday and Thursday, according to the police, with 384 of them having blood alcohol content levels high enough to have their licenses suspended and the rest with levels warranting having them revoked.

South Korea began the first of three stages to gradually phase out coronavirus restrictions Monday under its living with COVID-19 policy in an effort to return to normalcy.

Under the first phase, operation hour curfews on cafes and restaurants have been fully lifted, while ceilings on private gatherings have been raised to a maximum of 10 people in the greater Seoul area and 12 in other regions.

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