South Korea’s new daily COVID-19 counts bounced back to triple digits on Wednesday as the society returned from a long Chuseok holiday, a season for travel and family visits.
The country reported 114 new COVID-19 cases, including 94 locally transmitted, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, which is a jump from 75 cases posted a day ago. Daily counts had stayed under 100 since Sept. 30.
The most new locally transmitted cases on Wednesday came from Seoul and its neighboring areas (29 in Seoul, 49 in Gyeonggi Province, five in Incheon) while six cases were registered in North Jeolla Province, with two each in Daejeon and Busan, and one in Daegu. Major infections are traced to a military base, hospitals and family gatherings.
A total of 37 people tested positive at a military base in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province after the first case was confirmed on Sunday. Some 29 cases including patients and care givers were reported from Master Plus Hospital in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi after the first case on Tuesday.
So far, of 24,353 people confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus in Korea, 22,334 have been released from quarantine, up 251 from a day ago. Some 1,594 people are receiving medical care under quarantine.
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