South Korea recorded its largest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in 70 days on Friday, the same day that the national government announced it would begin fining people $90 for failing to wear sanitary masks in public.
“Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 191 cases added to the country’s caseload Friday, the highest daily increase since September 4,” when health authorities reported 198 new coronavirus infections, Voice of America reported on November 13.
Friday marked South Korea’s sixth consecutive day of documenting over 100 new coronavirus cases. KDCA said it detected over 120 of Friday’s new cases in the Seoul metropolitan area. The capital region is home to over 25 million people.
South Korean government officials had recently eased social distancing measures in the country to the lowest level since October in an effort to alleviate the pandemic’s toll on the economy.
“While this has allowed high-risk venues like nightclubs