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.
South Korean election officials sort voting papers for ballot counting in a Seoul gymnasium. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images
A woman has her temperature checked upon his arrival to cast her vote in Seoul. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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
South Korean citizens cast their votes in a polling station in Seoul. Photo: Jong Hyun Kim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
An official stands in a voting booth for people in self-quarantine. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
Voters wait in line in Seoul. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Uiwang, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Seoul. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
South Koreans cast their ballots in Seoul. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

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World coronavirus updates

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France reported more than 2,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours — the largest single-day number since May. French officials said the situation was "clearly worsening," per France 24.

By the numbers: Over 745,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and over 20.4 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. Almost 12.7 million have recovered from the virus.

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Joe Biden's campaign announced on Wednesday that it raised $26 million in the 24 hours after revealing Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick.

Why it matters: The cash influx signals that Harris has helped the Democratic presidential campaign pick up steam. Nearly 150,000 contributors were first-time donors, according to the campaign statement.

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