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(LEAD) PM says new daily virus cases over 500 again, warns of full-fledged resurgence

09:48 November 27, 2020

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SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Friday that South Korea has confirmed more than 500 COVID-19 infections for the second consecutive day and warned that the virus appears to be spreading again in earnest nationwide.

"As the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 patients reached above 500 for the second straight day (as of the start of Friday), it's a situation in which a resurgence is getting into full swing in our country as well," Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said during a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters at the government complex in Seoul.

He stressed the urgency of controlling the rapid spread.

"If the growth trend cannot be stopped immediately, concerns by experts that new cases could reach above 1,000 can become a reality," he said.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun (2nd from L) presides over a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters at the government complex in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2020. (Yonhap)

Chung explained that new patients were being reported in all 17 major cities and provinces and that the country has seen a huge spike in the number of cases, especially among young people.

The prime minister asked the public to remain home and refrain from holding social gatherings.

"For the past two weeks, we have seen a pattern of growth in cases following the weekend period. How we spend this coming weekend will decide whether we see a further expansion of new cases next week," Chung said.

He also instructed health authorities and local governments to secure a sufficient amount of hospital beds to prepare against potential growth of critical patients.

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