Long lines in front of the screening clinic even in the coldest of this winter

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On the 26th, when most parts of the country had the lowest temperature this winter, downtown Seoul was quiet due to the bitter cold even though it was a holiday.

As the wind blew strongly and the sensible temperature dropped, the citizens who went out looked for a warm indoor space.

Today (26th), Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul was noticeably less crowded than usual during the daytime. The few civilians who managed to come out were all heavily armed with knee-length long padding, scarves and gloves.

Son Jae-hee, 46, who went to see Gyeongbokgung Palace with her child, said, “I came to Seoul yesterday to see the Mass of Myeongdong Cathedral. and laughed.

Foreign tourists shivered in the cold weather and moved quickly.

Nam-mo (31), who wore long padding on top of a hanbok and held two hand warmers in both hands, said, “Before the year was over, I made a reservation for a personal snapshot, but it was too cold to shoot.” .

An official from the Gyeongbokgung ticket office explained, “The number of people visiting is about one-fifth more than usual on weekends.”


Despite the frigid weather, there was a long line in front of the screening clinic that tests for COVID-19.

In front of the screening clinic at the Jongno-gu Public Health Center, about 20 citizens crouched and waited for the test with a gap between them.

The public health center installed a plastic tent to block the cold wind for those who were waiting, but some had to wait outside the tent to be tested because they were spaced apart from each other and lined up.

Kim (50), who was waiting for the test, said, “I came out wearing thick clothes because it was so cold, and it wasn’t as cold as I thought.”

Outside the screening clinic, the staff who guided the procedures and kept distance were also shivering from the cold that penetrated.

“I was guided outside for about an hour and a half in the morning, and I went inside for about 20 minutes and then came out again,” said Jo (49), an official at the public health center.

A meter that was frozen in the cold wave (Photo=Yonhap News)The number of water meter freezes also increased rapidly.

According to the Seoul Waterworks Headquarters on the 25th, there were 57 complaints about freezing of water meters received from all over Seoul, and 23 of them were processed. Today (26th), from 0 am to 3 pm, a total of 310 complaints related to freezing of the water meter have been received.

(Photo = Yonhap News)

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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