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VIRUS VIGILANCE. More than 300 drones fly over Olympic Park in the shape of the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea. With masked spectators watching from below, the drones lit up the night sky in the capital in a synchronized display to encourage citizens to remain vigilant against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

From The Asian Reporter, V30, #13 (December 7, 2020), page 3.

Drones light up Seoul sky, urge virus vigilance

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ó With masked spectators watching from below, hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in South Koreaís capital last month in a synchronized display to encourage citizens to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

More than 300 drones flew in the performance above Olympic Park in southern Seoul, forming images of people wearing masks and spelling out messages thanking people and medical workers for the countryís anti-virus gains.

The drones also displayed government slogans proclaiming a post-pandemic rebuilding of the countryís economy.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, which held a similar drone performance in July that was also coronavirus-themed.

The steady spread of the virus in South Korea has alarmed government officials, who had eased social-distancing measures to the lowest level since October to soften the pandemicís shock on the economy.

While it allowed high-risk venues like nightclubs and karaoke bars to reopen, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the virusís continued spread could force the government to seriously consider tightening social distancing again.

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