September 21, 2020 09:54
New coronavirus infections have fallen to just 70 as of Monday morning after only 82 the previous day, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said.
That is the second day in a row that new infections have fallen below 100 after triple-digit figures for more than a month, and health authorities cautiously hope for a slowdown.
New cases fell to 195 on Sept. 2 and have remained below 200 ever since.
Infections remain concentrated in the capital region, with three more over the weekend being traced to a massive anti-government rally in downtown Seoul on Aug. 15, bringing the cumulative total the protest is blamed for to 616.
But the proportion of untraceable infections remains above 25 percent.
Health authorities remain wary due to the upcoming Chuseok holiday and the reopening of schools on Monday. According to the Education Ministry on Sunday, 2,000 schools are reopening in Seoul, 800 in Incheon and 4,200 in Gyeonggi Province, accounting for 40 percent of schools nationwide.
Meanwhile, authorities decided to maintain the current social-distancing rules in the greater Seoul area until next Sunday, while Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo told reporters that the same measures will also apply across the country.
That means gatherings of more than 50 people indoors and more than 100 people outdoors are prohibited, while sports events take place without spectators.
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