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  • S. Korea Reports Less Than 100 New Virus Cases For Second Day In Row

Medical workers help a man get tested for COVID-19 at a screening facility at the National Medical Center in central Seoul.
Medical workers help a man get tested for COVID-19 at a screening facility at the National Medical Center in central Seoul.
South Korea reported 70 new coronavirus cases on Monday, staying below 100 for the second straight day.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 55 local infections and 15 imported cases were recorded Sunday, bringing the total caseload to 23,045.

There were also two more virus-related fatalities, putting the death toll at 385.

Despite positive signs of a slowdown in new infections, health authorities remained on alert over untraceable cases and sporadic clusters.

Patients with unknown transmission routes accounted for 27.4 percent of all cases reported in the past two weeks, according to the latest data, while cluster infections accounted for 26 percent.

Amid lingering concerns, the government decided on Sunday to extend Level 2 social distancing nationwide for another week, until September 27, ahead of the Chuseok fall harvest holiday.

South Korea has been struggling to avoid its highest Level 3 anti-virus curbs, which would include banning gatherings of 10 or more people, as it could severely impact the domestic economy.

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