South Korea ramps up coronavirus restrictions

After imposing tough restrictions on the capital Seoul, South Korea is now extending those measures to the entire country.

Health officials reported 315 new coronavirus cases on Friday – the second rise exceeding 300 in as many days.

For a country used to daily infection figures below 20, it has come as a shock, says the BBC’s Laura Bicker in Seoul.

The current outbreak originated in a church whose members took part in a mass rally in Seoul last week, despite pleas from the government for them to stay at home.

Among the measures coming into force on Sunday are restrictions on large gatherings, a ban on in-person church meetings, and the closure of nightclubs, karaoke bars, buffets and internet cafes.