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South Korea could face return to coronavirus restrictions after spike in new cases

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Some schools hold back from reopening amid biggest rise in cases in 53 days, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes

South Korea has reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days, triggering warnings it may have to revert to stricter social distancing measures after appearing to have brought the outbreak under control.

The Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 79 new infections on Thursday with 67 of them from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s population of 51 million.

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