S Korea virus cases fall to the lowest in 44 days
GB NEWS 24 DESK//
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 61 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Thursday, including 49 local cases, mostly in Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi Porvince.
This brings the country’s total to 23,516, while deaths increased by 4 to 399.
South Korea’s success in crushing early outbreaks of the coronavirus was partially reversed by its biggest outbreak in mid-August that began at a church and a political rally. Cases peaked at 441 in a single day in late August but are posting steady declines since tougher social distancing curbs have taken effect.
South Korea on Friday said it would further tighten restrictions during the Chuseok holiday weeks when people traditionally reunite with families in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.
The rules include the closure of nightclubs and bars in the Seoul area and keeping at least a 1-metre distance between tables at restaurants and cafes with more than 20 seats.