South Korea recorded 195 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the first time in more than two weeks that the daily increase dropped below 200.
The country has now seen 20,644 confirmed cases and 329 deaths from the virus after adding three new fatalities Wednesday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
Of the newly reported cases, 188 are locally transmitted, with 148 of those reported from the Seoul metropolitan area, according to Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho. Of the cases reported over the past two weeks, 41% are from local clusters, KCDC said.
The number of cases linked to the Sarang-jeil Church has also risen to 1,139.
Since September 1, an average of more than 20,000 tests have been conducted daily, KCDC said.
Nursing shortfall: KCDC also reported 154 people are in critical condition from the virus and the Health Ministry added it is reviewing whether to deploy more nurses as there is a shortage of them for critical patients.
KCDC Deputy Director Kwon Joon-wook said South Korea is in the process of “straightening the shaking tower,” and must stay alerted that it could collapse again at any time.
Kwon said the government will reevaluate social distancing measures this weekend.