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South Korea has new daily high for 2nd day in a row

South Korea has new daily high for 2nd day in a row

SEOUL: South Korea is reporting 1,842 newly confirmed coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours — setting a new pandemic single-day record for the second straight day. The cases announced Thursday raised the country's total caseload to 184,103, with 2,063 deaths from Covid-19. The new cases include 270 sailors who were recently flown home after a large-scale outbreak on their destroyer engaging in an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. South Korea has seen a spike in infections in recent weeks amid a slow vaccination campaign, lax public vigilance and the spread of more contagious delta variant. The country's daily caseload…
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Korea PM apologises for virus surge on destroyer

Korea PM apologises for virus surge on destroyer

SEOUL: South Korea's prime minister has offered a public apology over a large-scale coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Tuesday the government is “very sorry for failing to carefully take care of the health of our soldiers who are devoting themselves to the country.” The Defense Ministry says 247 of the destroyer's 301 crew members have been infected. It's the largest cluster for South Korea's military since the pandemic began. South Korea sent two military planes to bring back all 301 sailors. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 1,278 new…
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