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.
Ran, Chung Sye
REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency
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