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South Korea reports 208 new COVID-19 cases, eighth day of triple-digit rises

FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past a tiger sculpture wearing a mask bearing a message “Go away the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)!!” at a park in Gwacheon, South Korea, October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported 208 new coronavirus cases as of Saturday midnight, marking the eight straight day of triple-digit increases, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Sunday.

That was slightly higher than the previous day’s 205 new infections and the highest since early September.

Of the cases, 176 were domestically transmitted and 32 imported. Nearly 70% of the locally transmitted cases were from Seoul and Gyeonggi province, a densely populated area near the capital.

On Saturday, President Moon Jae-in urged authorities and local governments to raise their awareness of the spread of the coronavirus, reinforcing thorough supervision of safety guidelines such as mandatory mask wearing.

South Korea began fining people who fail to wear masks in public on Friday, as the nation’s daily infections continued to creep higher.

The latest tally takes the country’s total infections to 28,546, with 493 deaths, according to the KDCA.

Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by William Mallard

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