Seoul Sees More Infections in August Than in Last 7 Months

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    August 28, 2020 10:51

    Over 400 new coronavirus infections were reported in Korea on Wednesday, with the routes of transmission spreading from churches in the Seoul metropolitan area to sports facilities across the country and even family gatherings.

    In Seoul, 154 cases were detected on Wednesday alone, the most so far. The total in the capital from Aug.1 to 26 has now surpassed the number in the first seven months of this year at 1,784, compared to 1,602.

    People wait to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Seoul on Thursday. /Yonhap

    The number of cases in the whole metropolitan area has reached 6,914, almost as many the cases linked to members of the Shincheonji sect in Daegu from February to April.

    As of Friday morning, Korea reported 371 new cases, 284 of them in the Seoul metropolitan area, bringing the cumulative total to 19,077.

    The route of transmission in one-third of recent cases has been untraceable, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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