South Korea Reports More Than 300 New Coronavirus Cases For Fifth Straight Day


SEOUL: South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus case for a fifth day in a row on Sunday, as officials warned that stricter rules could be imposed if the trend continues to threaten the densely populated capital of Seoul and surrounding areas.

Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new ones per day coronavirus cases at midnight Saturday, a drop from the 386 reported the day before, a level not seen since August.

Officials have warned that unless the number of infections drops significantly, they could raise the level of social distancing regulations.

On Saturday, a KDCA official said the country was at “a critical juncture” and could face a large nationwide epidemic that surpasses two previous waves of infections, if it fails. to block the current spread.

South Korea last week tightened prevention guidelines ahead of the highly competitive annual entrance exams scheduled for December 3, and Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun called for all social gatherings to be canceled.

Bars, nightclubs, religious services and sporting events continue to be allowed with restrictions on attendance, but that could change if authorities impose more social distancing measures.

South Korea has deployed an aggressive tracing, testing and quarantine effort to stem the outbreaks without imposing a lockdown. But the country was chased by a persistent number of small infections, bringing the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.

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