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The Latest: S. Korea announces new measures as cases spike

uneral workers remove the body of a person who is suspected to have died from symptoms related to the new coronavirus, in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The numbers of those infected with COVID-19 have been rising in the capital. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:- South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to erase the hard-won gains against the coronavirus.

The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in neighboring Gyeonggi Province to shut down high-risk facilities such as nightclubs, karaoke rooms, movie theaters, and buffet restaurants if they fail to properly enforce preventive measures, including distancing, temperatures checks, keeping customer lists and requiring masks.

Fans will once again be banned from professional baseball and soccer, just a few weeks after health authorities allowed teams to let in spectators for a portion of their seats in each game.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo revealed the steps hours after the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 166 newly confirmed cases, the country’s highest daily jump in five months.

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