South Korea daily virus cases soar to 279 in biggest spike in months

Seoul - By Madeleine Wedesweiler, - South Korean health authorities on Sunday reported 279 new coronavirus cases, marking the first time since March that daily new infections have risen above 200, news agency Yonhap reported.
The country has seen a sharp jump in infections over the previous three days, according to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
The total number of infections now stands at 15,318.

Of the new cases, 267 were local transmissions, according to the KCDC.
Prime Minister Moon Jae In threatened the government would take "very strong and stern measures," after it emerged that a right-wing church pastor encouraged his followers to attend an anti-government protest in capital city Seoul, Yonhap reported.
On Saturday, more than 10,000 people attended the protests led by right-wing groups, despite large gatherings being banned, according to the agency.
The pastor's church has so far been linked to 193 coronavirus infections nationwide.
The authorities are concerned that the latest outbreak could increase beyond their control.
Seoul is particularly badly affected, with clusters emerging among church congregations in the city and its surroundings.
The government imposed a range of restrictions in the Seoul metropolitan area on Saturday in response to the latest spike.
Public institutions including welfare centres, libraries and museums are now to remain closed in Seoul and the neighbouring Gyeonggi province for the next two weeks.
Clubs, karaoke bars, gyms and concert halls may also be closed down again if they fail to follow protective guidelines including making lists of visitors.
Further measures include soccer and baseball league games being played behind closed doors again, after stadiums had partially reopened to fans.
South Korea has seen sporadic clusters of infection since it relaxed stricter social distancing on May 6.

Sunday, August 16th 2020

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