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South Korea registers new daily record of 950 coronavirus cases

Seoul, Dec 12 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday registered 950 coronavirus infections, 200 more than a day ago, officials said, marking a new high in the daily Covid-19 cases in the country.

The previous high of 909 infections was recorded on Feb 29, while a total of 689 cases of Covid-19 were registered by the health authorities on Friday, amid the highest daily infection rates since March.

According to figures from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the number of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic has now reached 41,736 in the country.

The virus has so far claimed 578 lives across South Korea.

It was first detected in January in South Korea, one of the first countries to be affected by the infection that is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Of the cases registered on Saturday, 70 percent were reported from Seoul and its surroundings.

The authorities have been insisting that South Koreans respect the social restrictions announced to prevent a further expansion of the pandemic.

They have warned of the risk that the number of those affected would increase due to winter temperatures.

The government last weekend announced new social distancing restrictions to prevent the spread of the third wave of the pandemic.

Under the Level 2.5 social distancing, the second-highest on the official South Korean scale, the government has restricted all daily routines other than vital social and economic activities.

It prescribes the prohibition of meetings of more than 50 people, the closure of karaoke bars and gyms, and opening hour limits for restaurants so that they cannot receive customers beyond 9 pm.

The new restrictions will be in place for at least two more weeks. EFE-EPA

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