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S. Korea sees 700 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, first time in three months Updated: 2021-04-08 09:11:35 KST

The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Korea has reached 700 for the first time in three months.
Health authorities are considering strengthening current prevention measures.
For more, we connect to our Choi Jeong-yoon at the news center.
Jeong-yoon, what's the latest?

Mokyeon, South Korea reported 700 cases on Thursday.
This is the highest number recorded in more than 90 days since the country saw some 870 daily infections in early January.
Among Thursday's cases, 674 were transmitted locally and 26 came from overseas.
Most of the cases were concentrated in the capital region, with Seoul and the surrounding area reporting almost 500 new infections.
Concerns over a possible fourth wave are rising as today's cases come after the country has been seeing 4-hundred to 5-hundred infections a day for the past week and more than 6-hundred cases on Wednesday.
Experts predict the daily cases could return to over a thousand very soon.
To curb the spread and roll out vaccines as planned, the government will announce adjusted prevention measures on Friday.
The measures are expected to be strengthened as current infections are in the range of social distancing level 2.5 the second highest in the five tier system.
Outside of the capital region, entertainment facilities such as bars and singing rooms could also see opening hours limited to 9 or 10 PM.
Such high numbers of cases could also affect the government's plan to vaccinate 20 percent of the population with the first dose in the first half of the year.
That means having at least 10.4 million people vaccinated by June.
As of Thursday, over 1 million-75-thousand people have had their first shot while more than 42-thousand have had their second shot.
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