South Korea reported more than 500 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day on Friday (Nov 27), a level not seen in nearly nine months, as a third wave of infections spreads nationwide and authorities scrambled to provide more hospital beds.
The daily tally of 569 came a day after the numbers hit the highest level since Mar 6, when South Korea was reeling from the first major COVID-19 epidemic outside China.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun warned that daily infections could swell to 1,000 and bring a greater crisis including hospital bed shortages if social distancing measures and other restrictions failed to stop the contagion.
“The situation is extremely serious and acute, as all of the 17 metropolitan cities and provinces and especially all the 25 districts in Seoul are reporting new cases,” Chung told a meeting on COVID-19 responses.
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