New COVID-19 cases remain in 1,600s as authorities set to relax virus curbs

16 October 2021

South Korea's daily new COVID-19 cases stayed in the 1,600s for the second consecutive day Saturday, as the government plans to relax social distancing rules, starting next week, ahead of a gradual return to normal life. The country added 1,618 more COVID-19 cases, including 1,594 local infections, raising the total caseload to 340,978, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. The latest tally was down from 1,684 cases reported on Friday and 1,940 on Thursday. The daily in


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