South Korean officials reported 40 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest daily number of infections in nearly two months, coinciding with the beginning of a new phase in the return of students to schools.

According to the Korean Center for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), of the 40 reported cases on Wednesday, 37 were infections within the country, and the rest were “imported” cases.

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in South Korea on Jan. 20, when a woman arrived in the country from the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, 11,265 people have been infected and 269 have died.

The number of infections reported on Wednesday is the highest in 49 days. Recently, the daily balance has dropped to two cases, which is raising concern among authorities about fears of an upsurge.


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