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The Latest: SKorea’s virus surge could bring more measures

The Associated Press

2020-11-20 14:58:37

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 386 new cases of the coronavirus, its fourth straight day of over 300, a viral resurgence that could force authorities to reimpose stronger social distancing restrictions after easing them in October to spur a faltering economy.

The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday brought the national caseload to 30,403, including 503 deaths.

More than 270 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health workers have struggled to track transmissions tied to various places and groups, including schools, private tutoring academies, and religious facilities.

Officials eased social distancing measures to the lowest level in October, which allowed high-risk venues such as nightclubs and karaoke bars to reopen and fans to return to professional sports.

But the Korean Society of Infectious Diseases said in a statement on Friday that the country could be reporting more than 1,000 new infections a day

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