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A medical worker talks to a man waiting in line at the Kovid-19 test station in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday 28 November. Seongjoon Cho / Bloomberg via Getty Image

South Korea reported 504 coronavirus cases on Saturday, marking the third consecutive day of more than 500 cases in a row, the National Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced.

Of them, 486 are locally transmitted cases and 18 are imported, with KDCA added.

The new cases bring about a national change in 33375 coronovirus cases. South Korea also reported six additional coronovirus deaths, with a national death of 522.

According to the city’s government, 178 new coronovirus cases were reported in the country’s capital Seoul on Saturday.

Increase in restrictions: Seoul has been under Level 2 social distancing measures since Tuesday.

The increase in cases comes ahead of the country’s national college entrance examination, which is expected to seat about 500,000 students.

On Friday, the KDCA urged people to “cancel all meetings” amid the upheaval in coronovirus cases.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Defense implemented a Level 2.5 Social Distancing Protocol, the second-highest level alert applied to all military bases. Under that level, all holidays and off-base travel are suspended, in-meetings and events are banned, and religious services are switched online.

The warning level was announced after a group of 68 coronovirus cases were detected at a recruitment training center on Thursday. The Ministry of Defense says that 20 additional cases were found in the army on Saturday.

Healthcare: The central government is in the process of reviewing healthcare protocols for patients suffering from coronovirus in case of future bed shortages in hospitals.

On Saturday, the government announced that it completed an early-stage review to provide home care to coronovirus patients with mild symptoms and to children infected with the virus.

The move is under discussion with experts, the government health official said.

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