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World South Korea reports lowest coronavirus cases since new wave of outbreaks last month

05:15  28 september  2020
05:15  28 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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South Korea has reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases since infection rates peaked four weeks ago, fuelling hope Asia's worst outbreak outside China may be abating. The country recorded 64 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 8,961 with 111 deaths.

South Korea is battling coronavirus infections from new clusters after social distancing measures were relaxed on May 6. On Wednesday, the 10:45 a.m. London time: Spain and Portugal officially reopened their joint border Wednesday after a three- month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

a man standing in front of a building: General view of an empty restaurant during a lunch hour, in Seoul © Reuters/KIM HONG-JI General view of an empty restaurant during a lunch hour, in Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday reported 50 new coronavirus cases, the lowest since a new wave of outbreaks emerged from a church and a large political rally last month.

Of the new cases, 40 were domestic and 10 imported, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The numbers were the lowest since Aug. 11, just before a new cluster of infections emerged from a church whose members attended an anti-government rally in Seoul on Aug. 15, which had boosted the daily tally to more than 440 late last month.

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Health officials in South Korea believe the country is going through a second wave of coronavirus , despite recording relatively low numbers. Yet since May, clusters of new cases have grown, including outbreaks at nightclubs in the capital, Seoul. Between those periods, daily confirmed cases

That was South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking Sunday after a new cluster of coronavirus cases emerged in the country's capital Seoul, sparking fear of a second wave of infections in the East Asian China too, is introducing renewed restrictions after two cities reported new cases of the virus.

The outbreaks have prompted the government to take unprecedented social distancing measures including a ban on on-sight nighttime dining.

Some of the rules have been eased in recent weeks after the rate of daily infections slowed, but officials were still on high alert ahead of the Korean thanksgiving holidays of Chuseok this week, when tens of millions of people travel across the country.

The government said the social distancing rules will remain in place during the holidays, calling for people to refrain from trips and gatherings and banning a "drive-thru" protest planned by some civic groups.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Michael Perry)

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