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S. Korean Finance Ministry provides measures to support people through Seollal holidays Updated: 2021-01-20 13:07:37 KST

With Seollal coming up in about three weeks, the government has announced measures to support regional economies and people's livelihoods.
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that to minimize the spread of the virus during the holiday, there'll be COVID-19 screening stations set up across the country.
Some of the screening stations will be run by the government and others by private medical institutions for a total of 620 of them.
The private institutes that choose to take part will get around 23 million U.S. dollars in total.
There will also be 74 hospitals in operation that specialize in infectious diseases.
Also, the ministry will run a campaign encouraging people to find non-contact ways to spend time together, like sending presents by smartphone or mail and meeting on video calls rather than in person.

"Considering that we're in a pandemic, the ministry will run a campaign promoting a non-contact Seollal holiday encouraging people to perform their ceremonies and rituals online. Also, we're encouraging donations by temporarily offering extra tax deductions."

To stablize the prices of fruits, vegetables and meat ahead of the holiday, the ministry will increase the supply of those in high demand for use in rituals. The supply of apples and pears will go up by about 80 percent, and the ministry will allow the import of up to five tons of eggs duty-free.
Also, this winter in South Korea has been especially cold, so the ministry will provide heaters to 653 facilities housing socially vulnerable people.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.
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