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South Korea reports record daily death toll from COVID-19

40 new coronavirus fatalities bring country's total to 859

A South Korean soldier in a protective suit outside a temporary coronavirus testing site in Seoul on Dec. 17. The country's third COVID-19 wave has centered around nursing homes and a prison in the capital.

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea on Tuesday reported 40 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily toll, bringing the total death tally to 859, as the country grapples with a third wave of infection centred around nursing homes and a prison in the capital Seoul.

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