South Korea confirms first COVID-19 variant cases

South Korea confirms first COVID-19 variant cases

南韩 has confirmed its first cases of a more contagious variant of 新冠肺炎 that was first identified in the 英国.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Monday the cases have been confirmed in a family of three people who came to South Korea on Dec. 22.

Workers wearing protective gears disinfect chairs as a precaution against the coronavirus at the arrival hall of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, 南韩, 星期一, 十二月. 28, 2020. South Korea has confirmed its first cases of a more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first identified in the United Kingdom. (Kim Sun-woong/Newsis via AP)

Workers wearing protective gears disinfect chairs as a precaution against the coronavirus at the arrival hall of the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, 南韩, 星期一, 十二月. 28, 2020. South Korea has confirmed its first cases of a more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first identified in the United Kingdom. (Kim Sun-woong/Newsis via AP)

They arrived a day before South Korea halted air travel from Britain until Dec. 31 to guard against the new version of the virus.

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The three people, who reside in the U.K., are under quarantine in South Korea.

South Korea on Monday registered 808 新的冠状病毒病例, raising its national caseload to 57,680 与 819 死亡人数. It’s the second day in a row that South Korea’s daily tally has marked below 1,000. The country logged 1,241 cases on Christmas Day, the biggest daily jump in South Korea since the pandemic began, 和 1,132 周六.

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In recent weeks, South Korea has been grappling with a sudden spike in infections tied to hospitals, nursing homes, churches, a prison, family gatherings and various other sites. The government on Sunday said it will spend another week before determining whether to enforce its toughest physical distancing rules in the greater Seoul area that officials worry would further hurt the economy.

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