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S. Korea reports 76 new COVID-19 cases, S. Korea reports 76 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, S. Korea reported 76 new COVID-19 cases on Monday

Arirang News
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국내 신규 확진자 76명 ... 오늘부터 수도권 요양•정신병원 직원 등 16만 명 코로나19 전수조사

South Korea reported fewer than a hundred new COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day on Monday.
But, health authorities remain concerned about cluster infections at long-term care hospitals, mainly in Seoul and the surrounding area.
Our Min Suk-hyen reports.
South Korea reported 76 new COVID-19 cases on Monday… marking the fourth straight day with less than a hundred infections.
Of them, 50 were locally transmitted and 26 were from overseas.
This brings the total number of coronavirus cases nationwide to over 25-thousand-200.
No additional deaths were reported, keeping the death toll at 444.
Since last week, several cluster infections have emerged at long-term care hospitals, mainly in the greater Seoul area.
According to health authorities, as of Sunday, a total of 51 people contracted the virus at a rehabilitation hospital in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do Province.
A long-term care hospital in Busan also saw a spike in cases with 73 people testing positive.
In response, to contain the spread of the virus, the government has started conducting tests on some 160-thousand people linked to such hospitals and facilities in the greater Seoul area.
"Although the number of cluster infections appears to be falling, cases continue to be reported at long-term care and rehabilitation hospitals.....From this week, the government will conduct tests on those high-risk facilities."
The country lowered its social distancing guidelines to the lowest level in its three-tier system last Monday.
The government, however, explains it's not because the risks of COVID-19 have decreased, rather it's a measure taken to get people's lives back to normal, without hampering the country's virus prevention efforts.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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