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Seoul returns to strict distancing as coronavirus cases spike

South Korean capital sees highest infection tally in three weeks

South Korea had eased restrictions on business and daily life early this month after a dramatic decline in cases.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea will again ask people in the Seoul metropolitan area to stay at home starting Thursday as new clusters of coronavirus infections raise concerns about a second wave.

The country reported 79 new cases on Wednesday, marking the first time in three weeks that the daily tally has risen above the government's limit of 50.

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