South Korea to close bars, restrict restaurants and churches amid coronavirus spike

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By Josh Smith3 Min ReadSEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s capital city and nearby areas will close bars and nightclubs, limit religious gatherings, and restrict service at restaurants, in a bid to contain a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the health minister said on Sunday.FILE PHOTO: A woman walks with an umbrella as it rains amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in central Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanThe Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day before, but the fifth straight day of more than 300 new cases.“The third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks is increasingly in full swing,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing. “The situation is extremely serious and grave.”A nationwide outbreak was being driven by clusters of infections in the densely-populated Seoul metropolitan area, he said, home to around half of the country’s 52 million residents.As of Tuesday, major coffee shops in the Seoul area will be required to only offer takeaway and delivery service, while restaurants must close to in-person dining after 9 p.m.. Other restrictions will be placed on facilities like gyms, with attendance …

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