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South Korea mulls stricter social distancing as COVID-19 spike continues
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Cynthia Kim | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Korea reported 450 infections of the new coronavirus on Sunday after reporting more than 500 new coronavirus cases for three days in a row, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. This third wave marks the highest level of infections in nearly nine months. South Korea on Tuesday began applying Level 2 social distancing rules, the third-highest in the country’s five-tier system, in greater Seoul area.
Persons: Ran, Chung Sye Organizations: Seoul City Hall, REUTERS, Yonhap, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
South Korea reports more than 300 new coronavirus cases for fifth straight day
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Josh Smith | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing masks walk with umbrellas as it rains amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in central Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day on Sunday, as officials warned that stricter rules could be imposed if the trend continues to threaten the highly populated capital of Seoul and surrounding areas. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day before, a level not seen since August. South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing, and quarantine effort to stamp down outbreaks without imposing lockdowns. But the country has been dogged by a persistent number of small infections, bringing the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.
Persons: Ran, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
South Korea's COVID third wave may be largest if not curbed, says official
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Joyce Lee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A couple wearing masks stand at a street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea grappled with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as a senior official warned it could be the country’s largest wave of infections if the spread is not quickly contained. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 386 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Friday, bringing total infections to 30,403, with 503 deaths. New cases topped 300 for the fourth day in a row, after Tuesday saw the highest since August. The Seoul metropolitan region recorded 262 new cases on Friday, up from 218 cases on Thursday.
Persons: Ran, , Lim Sook, Lim, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Health Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
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