South Korea will strengthen social distancing measures in the region around the capital city Seoul, officials announced Sunday, amid a spike of new Covid-19 cases.

From Tuesday, Seoul, the surrounding province of Gyeonggi and the neighboring city of Incheon, an area that is home to some 26 million people - more than half of the nation's population - will enter level 2 of social distancing, the third of a total of 5 tiers. EFE-EPA