S. Korea reports 156 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, seeing downward trend in new cases

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We start with the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea.
The number of new cases is well below where it was a week or two ago, but on Wednesday there were slightly more than on Tuesday.
If the numbers keep coming down, the hope is that social distancing can be eased.
Han Seong-woo reports.
South Korea reported 156 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a slight increase from the 136 cases added the day before.
However, infections have remained below the 200 mark for a week now, showing an overall downward trend.
Of the infections reported Wednesday, 144 were transmitted locally,… mostly concentrated in the greater Seoul area.
The other 12 were from overseas.
Health officials say the capital region's level 2-point-5 social distancing measures may be lifted if quarantine efforts are well adhered to.
"There will be no need to extend the strengthened measures if we can concentrate on social distancing for five more days until the end of the week."
But sporadic cluster infections are still popping up across the nation, including at a shipyard, a distribution warehouse, religious facilities, and a call center.
Those are on top of infections stemming from last month's protest at Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday warned certain civic groups against holding planned mass rallies on October third, South Korea's National Foundation Day.
"The government will not hesitate to take action against those who hamper virus prevention efforts and threaten the safety of our society."
With Wednesday's tally, the national caseload is nearly 21-thousand-600.
154 patients are currently in critical condition and three more people have died, raising the death toll to 344.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.

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