South Korea reports more than 300 new coronavirus cases for fifth consecutive day


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

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 daily new cases of coronavirus as of midnight Saturday, down from 386 reported the day before, a level not seen since August.

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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 the previous two waves of infections, if it does not succeed. not to block the current spread.

Last week, South Korea 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.

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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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