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South Korea, which won praise for containing the coronavirus without mass lockdowns, reported its biggest daily surge in infections in seven weeks, underscoring the challenge in permanently taming the illness in the absence of a viable vaccine.
The Asian nationreported 40 new cases for Tuesday, the biggest one-day increase since April 8, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, or KCDC, with most of the cases connected to a distribution center of an e-commerce firm. This takes the total tally to 11,265 cases while the virus-linked deaths were unchanged at 269.
Cases connected to a logistics center ofCoupang Corp. increased to 36 with KCDC estimating that about 4,000 people may have been exposed to the virus. More cases are expected to emerge from this cluster, it said.
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