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New virus cases around 700 for 2nd day; further spike in offing
New virus cases around 700 for 2nd day; further spike in offing
Social affairs
South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases stayed around 700 on Thursday, as sporadic infections across the country complicate antivirus efforts, prompting authorities to mull tougher virus curbs to contain the pandemic. The country reported 698 more COVID-19 cases, including 670 local infections, raising the total caseload to 112,117, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. Thursday's daily caseload was down from 731 the previous day, which marked the highest since Jan. 7.
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 Samsung heir Lee to return to prison after surgery
Samsung heir Lee to return to prison after surgery
Industry
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group convicted of bribery, will return to prison later in the day, legal and industry sources said Thursday, nearly a month after an appendicitis surgery. Lee was transferred to Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul on March 19 to receive an emergency surgery after suffering a ruptured appendix. The 52-year-old tycoon was supposed to return to Seoul Detention Center in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province, last Friday but
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