Coronavirus outbreak announcements are broadcast even on the bus stop display.
A coronavirus outbreak has caused the shutdown of soup kitchens in South Korea, dealing a blow to homeless people and impoverished senior citizens who rely on free meals.
Report informs, citing Korean media, that religious groups and volunteer organizations have suspended the operation of food kitchens to help contain the spread of the virus that has infected 24 people here.
Soup kitchens provide warm meals -- mostly a bowl of rice, soup, and three side dishes -- twice a day to the homeless.
But the virus outbreak has prompted meal centers to halt such services. Data on how many soup kitchens have closed across the nation is not available.
Some food kitchens have replaced full meals with box lunches, cup noodles, rice balls, or kimbap, a seaweed-wrapped rice roll filled with various ingredients.
The coronavirus outbreak also affected ordinary citizens of Seoul. In shops and buses, bottles with an antiseptic are wrapped with tape to the doors and handrails; most people wear masks. Coronavirus outbreak announcements are broadcast even on the bus stop display. Residents are asked to observe hygiene rules strictly and, if there are symptoms, immediately contact the hotline or the nearest public health center.