Apr 16, 2020 - World

In photos: South Korea's ruling party wins in landslide amid outbreak

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Lee Nak-yon (center R), South Korea's former prime minister and candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, shakes hands with Lee Hae-chan (center L), chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, at the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's left-leaning ruling party won the largest majority of seats in 30 years in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, per the New York Times.

The big picture: The country's election marked the first national poll held worldwide since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Voters casting ballots in-person were required to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked, following record-high early voting participation, AP reports.

  • Over 10,500 people have contracted the virus as of Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Over 7,600 people have recovered and 225 people have died.
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South Korean election officials sort voting papers for ballot counting in a Seoul gymnasium. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images
In this image, a woman has her temperature checked while waiting in line to vote
A woman has her temperature checked upon his arrival to cast her vote in Seoul. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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Defector and former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho secures a majority vote in his Gangnam constituency on behalf of the conservative United Future Party (UFP). Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
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South Korean citizens cast their votes in a polling station in Seoul. Photo: Jong Hyun Kim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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An official stands in a voting booth for people in self-quarantine. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
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Voters wait in line in Seoul. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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Lee Nak-yon (C front), South Korea's former prime minister and candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, and his party members watch televisions showing exit polls in Seoul. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images
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Voters wait in line at a polling station in Uiwang, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
In this image, a woman wearing a face mask and a puffy red coat stands at the front of a line in a long white hall
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Seoul. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
In this image, voters are at a polling place in a gym
South Koreans cast their ballots in Seoul. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

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