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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus, its first daily jump of over 100 in a week.

Health officials had raised concerns that infections will rise because of increased travel during the five-day Chuseok harvest holiday that ended Sunday.

The figures released by health officials Wednesday brought South Korea’s case total to 24,353 for the pandemic, including 425 deaths.

Ninety-two of the newly confirmed cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a viral resurgence since mid-August. Health officials have been struggling to track transmissions linked to various places, including hospitals, churches, restaurants and an army unit in Pocheon, north of Seoul, where 37 soldiers so far have tested positive.

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South Korea nurse group protests Blackpink music video

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Popular K-pop band Blackpink is under fire in their native South Korea for their depiction of nurses in a recent music video.

The Korean Nurses Association, South Korea’s oldest professional organization for nurses, said Tuesday in statement they condemn the sexualized image of a nurse in Blackpink’s music video Lovesick Girls, South Korean media service XSportsNews reported.

“One scene in the music video, where band member Jennie wears a nurse’s cap, a short skirt and high heels, turns nurses into sexual objects,” the group said, adding they sent a “letter of protest” to YG Entertainment, Blackpink’s agency.

On Tuesday, YG expressed “concern” and issued an apology. But the agency also defended creativity.

“The scene in which a nurse and patient appear reflect the lyrics,” the agency said, quoting the song’s lyrics, “No doctor could help when I’m lovesick.”

“There was no specific intention,” the agency said.

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South Korea reports lowest coronavirus cases since new wave of outbreaks last month

FILE PHOTO: A general view of an empty restaurant during a lunch hour amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Monday reported 50 new coronavirus cases, the lowest since a new wave of outbreaks emerged from a church and a large political rally last month.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) posted a double-digit rise in daily infections for a third consecutive day. Of the new cases, 40 were domestic and 10 imported, and total infections rose to 23,661, with 406 deaths.

The numbers were the lowest since Aug. 11, just before a new cluster of infections emerged from a church whose members attended an anti-government rally in Seoul on Aug. 15, which had boosted the daily tally to more than 440 late last month.

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S. Korea sees lowest virus increase in 50 days

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