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S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases fall below 300 but more cases linked to religious cluster Updated: 2021-01-26 10:13:21 KST

South Korea reported 354 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday of which 338 were local transmissions.
This puts the country back in the mid 300s a positive sign after seeing more than 400 cases the day before.
However, health authorities are still concerned over a recent cluster at a religious boarding school in the city of Daejeon.
The school, affiliated with an organization called International Mission has a network of facilities across the country.

"At a time when we are finally overcoming third wave and gradually stabilizing, the virus prevention authorities are embarrassed and the public is feeling despondent. The government will use all of its available administrative power to prevent further spread."

Cases related to the religious group have been popping up in other parts of the country too.
These include a cluster in the county of Hongcheon in Gangwon-do Province where 40 of the group's members were staying for a retreat.
39 out of the 40 members were confirmed with the virus.
They had been staying at a church facility since January sixteenth, and reportedly were not following virus prevention measures including the rule banning gatherings of five or more people.
These latest cluster infections come as the government is looking to announce this week its plans for adjusting the social distancing level.
Currently, level 2.5 measures are in place for the capital region and level 2 for everywhere else, with a ban on gatherings of five or more people.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.

Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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