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South Korea reports biggest rise in coronavirus cases since March

Pedestrians wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk in a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, on August 20.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean authorities reported the highest daily rise in novel coronavirus cases since early March on Sunday, saying tougher social distancing rules may be needed as outbreaks continued to spread from a Seoul church and other gatherings.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 397 new infections as of midnight Saturday, up from the previous day's 332 and marking more than a week of daily three-digit rises.

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