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S. Korea Records 600s New Covid-19 Cases for 2nd Day

Saudi Press Agency

Saturday 1442/9/19 - 2021/05/01

Seoul, May 1, 2021, SPA -- South Korea's daily new virus cases remained in the 600s for the second day Friday as the country extended its social distancing measures against the coronavirus amid concerns of another wave of the pandemic, Yonhap reported.

The country reported 661 more COVID-19 cases, including 642 local infections, raising the total caseload to 122,007, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

The latest tally was slightly down from 679 new cases the previous day, after reaching 769 cases on Wednesday on a growing number of untraceable cases.

The country added three more deaths, raising the total to 1,828.

Amid fears over another wave of the pandemic, health authorities decided to maintain the country's social distancing measures and ban on large private gatherings, originally set to expire Sunday, for three more weeks.

Currently, the greater Seoul area, where more than half of the country's 52 million people reside, is under Level 2 social distancing, the third highest in the five-tier scheme, with the rest of the country under Level 1.5.

Gatherings of five or more people are banned nationwide, with exceptions for family members.

--SPA
02:44 LOCAL TIME 23:44 GMT
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