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A medical worker takes samples from a woman at a Covid-19 test facility on August 26, in Seoul, South Korea.
A medical worker takes samples from a woman at a Covid-19 test facility on August 26, in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korea reported 168 new cases Saturday, its lowest number since August 15, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The country recorded a surge in cases last month, partly driven by a cluster from Seoul’s Sarang-jeil Church, which was linked to 1,156 confirmed cases. Another 510 cases were linked to Seoul’s anti-government rallies, which were held on August 15.

The spike in new cases was especially high in the greater Seoul area. Last week South Korea reported a peak of over 400 daily cases.

On August 28 the government announced stricter social distancing measures for the greater Seoul area, which took effect from August 30. 

The measures include permitting only takeout services from franchise cafes, banning eat-in services between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time at all restaurants and bakeries, and shuttering gyms and indoor sporting facilities. 

On Friday, the strict social distancing measures for the greater Seoul area were extended until September 13.

South Korea’s national tally of confirmed cases stands at 21,010, and the death toll increased to 333 as two new deaths were added, according to a press release by the KCDC Saturday.

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