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S. Korea reports new 332 coronavirus cases, highest in five monthsBy Choi Si-young
Published : Aug. 22, 2020 - 11:25
The hike, recorded as of midnight Friday, brings the total tally to 17,002, of whom 14,169 have recovered, up 49 from the day before. It was the highest daily increase since March, when the country saw the deadliest cluster in the southeastern city of Daegu linked to church services there.
Seoul and Gyeonggi Province again accounted for the majority of the infections, reporting 127 and 91 cases, respectively. It was the first time all 17 cities and provinces across the country reported infections, stoking fears of a nationwide transmission
Infections tied to the Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul continue to make up a growing number of cases in the capital and surrounding areas, with local transmissions involving church services in the metropolitan areas also showing no signs of easing.
Meanwhile, 17 new cases linked to mass protests in Gwanghwamun Square on Aug. 15 were reported. Five were Korean nationals and 12 were foreign nationals. The death toll stood unchanged at 309. About 2,500 people are under quarantine and some 40,000 are awaiting their test results.
By Choi Si-young (email@example.com)
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