September 04, 2020 08:28
Korea reported 198 new coronavirus cases as of Friday morning, the second day in a row that the daily tally has been under 200.
Of the new cases, 189 were locally transmitted, most of them in the capital region. Despite the downward trend, however, health officials warned that now is not the time to ease restrictions.
Sporadic group infections are still popping up across the nation.
The number of patients in serious condition also jumped by 34 in just a day to 157, the highest since the country reported its first case in late January. The government said it plans to mobilize military hospital beds to accommodate them amid growing concerns over shortages.
The proportion of untraceable transmissions also reached a record 24.4 percent over the past two weeks.
Authorities will decide this weekend whether to extend the current lockdown.
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