A flat New Year for Seoul pancake house

Pancakes are a key component of the family dinners that traditionally mark new year celebrations across South Korea, but curbs due to run until the end of the holiday include a ban on private gatherings of more than four people and on restaurant dining in the capital after 9 p.m. and Lee's takings are sharply down as a result.

Her shop has been in the family since the 1990s and she usually gets through 400 cartons of eggs during the holiday season. This year she has bought just half of that.

South Korea reported 504 daily new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (February 10), bringing total infections to 82,434 and deaths to 1,496.