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(3rd LD) S. Korea reports 30 new virus cases, single-digit number of local infections for 2nd day

All News 20:43 August 02, 2020

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By Kim Kwang-tae

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 30 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, with 22 of them imported cases, marking the second day in a row that local infections have increased by a single-digit figure.

The new cases raised South Korea's total cases of COVID-19 to 14,366, and the nation's death toll remained at 301, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The number of new cases has been in the 30s since Friday when South Korea reported 36 new virus cases. The number fell to 31 on Saturday.

Of the new cases, local infections stood at eight, while the rest are imported cases.

This undated file photo shows two people, wearing protective masks and a full gown, spraying disinfectants around chairs at a selected clinic for COVID-19. (Yonhap)

Of the local infections, Seoul accounted for the largest share with five, raising the total cases in the capital city to 1,607.

As of noon on Sunday, nine new cases have been confirmed at a coffee shop and a restaurant, both of them located in southern Seoul, since the first infection was reported in the former place earlier last week.

Health officials said that a person who visited the coffee shop appears to have spread the virus to the restaurant. They are not sure where the first patient had contracted the disease.

Of the imported cases, 11 were South Koreans and 11 foreigners. Seventeen of them tested positive for the virus in the screening process at either an airport or a seaport, while the five others were confirmed to have the virus while under self-quarantine, according to the public health agency.

The accumulated number of imported cases reached 2,441 in South Korea.

The KCD said South Korea's fatality rate of people infected with the virus was 2.1 percent. The rate was 24.92 percent for those aged 80 and above.

It said 4,656 people aged less than 30 have contracted the virus, but none of them died.

The government said the number of daily infection cases has been on the decline in recent weeks, though cluster infections are being reported sporadically in Seoul and its surrounding area.

According to health officials, daily infections averaged at 16.9 from July 19 to Saturday, lower than the 21.4 tallied during the previous two-week period. They also said community infections in provincial areas have been "markedly" subsiding.

The government still urged people to stay on high alert, saying that handling possible infections during the peak summer vacation season would serve as a "watershed" in the fight against COVID-19. It advised people to stay home or avoid crowded places if they go on vacation.


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