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(LEAD) S. Korea reports 51 more coronavirus infections

All News 10:32 June 27, 2020

(ATTN: MODIFIES lead paras; UPDATES throughout with details; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Saturday reported additional daily cases of COVID-19, with the number jumping over 50 again amid another outbreak of cluster infections traced to a major church in Seoul.

A total of 51 people tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to data collated during the last 24 hours by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Among them, 31 people contracted the virus via community spread, while 20 cases were imported, it announced.

They included 15 in Seoul, 12 in nearby Gyeonggi Province and two in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of the capital.

The country's total caseload was tallied at 12,653 as of the day, about five months after the confirmation of its first new coronavirus infection.

Seoul citizens go through new coronavirus tests at a temporary testing site established at Wangsung Church in the southeastern area of the capital on June 26, 2020. (Yonhap)

The rebound in the number of cases comes as the country is apparently facing a second wave of outbreaks, especially in the Seoul capital area with population of 24 million, in the wake of weekslong declines in confirmed cases.

Health and quarantine authorities are fighting twin battles against community transmissions and cross-border inflows of infections.

Most recently, Wangsung Church in the southwestern ward of Gwanak has emerged as an epicenter of infections. More than a dozen people who attended choir activities and an overnight church camp there were found to have contracted the virus.

The church is known to have more than 1,700 followers.


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