South Korea Records Highest COVID-19 Death Toll, Raids Launched

South Korea recorded its highest death toll last Sunday which prompted authorities to launch raids against venues suspected of violating social distancing rules and banned gatherings larger than four.

South Korea recorded its highest death toll last Sunday which prompted authorities to launch raids against venues suspected of violating social distancing rules and banned gatherings larger than four.

The Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency said that 24 additional deaths were reported Sunday evening, bringing the country’s total to 698.

There were also 926 new COVID-19 cases while 1,097 was tallied the day before.

Police have arrested  and 35 individuals and raided 60 establishments suspected of violating social distancing protocols. 

“We cannot overcome the current crisis without reducing cluster infections that are spreading through private gatherings with families,  friends and colleagues,” said Seoul’s acting mayor Seo Jung-hyup.

In the greater Seoul area, only four ICU beds remained which forced the government to order private hospitals to free up more than 300 beds to be used for COVID-19 patients.

The said allocation of beds in private hospitals is expected to cost the government US$4.5 million.


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