South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus, marking its 16th consecutive day of triple-digit daily jumps, as health officials prepare to tighten social distancing restrictions in the greater capital region.Figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought the number of domestic cases to 19,400. The death toll reached 321 after the country added five more nights.
The KCDC said 249 of the new cases were from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s 51 million people, where health workers have struggled to track infections linked to various locations. , including churches, restaurants, schools, and apartment buildings. .
The country added 4,630 cases in 16 days, raising fears of a possible shortage of hospital capacity.