What South Korean elections look like in a pandemic
Results are expected within hours after South Koreans voted on Wednesday to choose the 300 members of the country’s National Assembly, one of the first national elections in a country with a severe outbreak of coronavirus.
The process used the precautionary measures against the coronavirus rolled out for early voting last week.
The election pits President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party against the main conservative opposition group, the United Future Party. Mr. Moon and his party got a boost in recent weeks as South Korea appeared to bring the outbreak under control with a fast and effective operation to isolate infected people.
The country has reported fewer than 50 new cases a day in the past week.
Precautions: Voters wore masks, used hand sanitizer and gloves, and everyone had to get their temperature taken before casting their ballot.
Those with signs of fever were led to separate voting booths. People already in mandatory quarantine, currently more than 13,000, were allowed to vote later in the day, after the polls closed to the general public.
Approval ratings: Popular support for nearly every head of government has risen during this pandemic. But our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe notes.