msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 01:45 am

New virus cases under 200 for 16th day; no letup in local infections weighs on virus fight

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details from para 11; ADDS photo) SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new coronavirus cases stayed below 200 for the 16th straight day on Friday, but local infections remained in the triple digits on rises in sporadic cluster infections and untraceable cases. The country added 126 more COVID-19 cases, including 109 local infections, raising the total caseload to 22,783, according to the Korea Disease Control and...

New virus cases under 200 for 16th day; no letup in local infections weighs on virus fight Yonhap News p (ATTN: UPDATES with more details from para 11; ADDS photo) SEOUL, Sept.(Yonhap) p The country's new virus cases have been on a slowing trend on the back of tougher social distancing guidelines, but a marked slowdown appears to be some way off due to cases with unknown infection routes and cluster infections.The country's new virus cases have been in the triple digits for over a month, due mainly to cases tied to a church in northern Seoul and a political rally in the capital in mid-August.But in the face of slowing virus cases and economic pains for the self-employed, the country began relaxing the tougher virus curbs on Monday for the next two weeks, allowing restaurants and cafes to operate normally.

Health authorities face a tough challenge in tackling a potential rebound in new virus cases during the upcoming Chuseok fall harvest holiday and curbing both COVID-19 and the flu in the winter.It marked a fall from 153 new cases reported Thursday, but the tally was higher than 113 cases Wednesday.

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