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South Korea experiences greater than 300 new COVID-19 instances for fifth straight day

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SEOUL: South Korea reported greater than 300 new coronavirus instances for a fifth straight day on Sunday (Nov 22), as officers warned that stricter guidelines may very well be imposed if the development continues to threaten the extremely populated capital of Seoul and surrounding areas.

The Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) reported 330 new each day coronavirus instances as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day earlier than, a stage not seen since August.

Officers warned that except the variety of infections drops considerably, they could increase the extent of social distancing laws.

On Saturday, a KDCA official mentioned the nation is at “a crucial juncture” and may very well be dealing with a big nationwide outbreak that surpasses two earlier waves of infections, if it fails to dam the present unfold.

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Final week South Korea tightened prevention tips forward of extremely aggressive annual school entrance exams scheduled for Dec. 3, and Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun referred to as for all social gatherings to be cancelled.

Bars, nightclubs, non secular companies and sports activities occasions proceed to be permitted with attendance restrictions, however that might change if officers impose extra social distancing measures.

South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing, and quarantine effort to stamp down outbreaks with out imposing lockdowns. However the nation has been dogged by a persistent variety of small infections, bringing the overall variety of instances to 30,733 with 505 deaths.

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