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 resurgence of the virus as the government defends its decision to reopen schools. 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. The prime minister says the country kept schools open even during the 1950-53 Korean War. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson says a report from The Associated Press that Chinese officials sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the novel coronavirus is “seriously inconsistent with the facts.”