Asia Today: S Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite health risks. The figures bring national totals to 11,590 cases and 273 deaths. All but one of the new cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where hundreds of infections have been linked to entertainment venues, church gatherings and a massive e-commerce warehouse. Despite the spike, the government is still pushing ahead with a phased reopening of schools, which began with high-school seniors on May 20. The prime minister says the country kept schools open even during the 1950-53 Korean War. South Korea meanwhile approved the use of drug remdesivir in treatment of COVID-19 patients.