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S. Korea reports 386 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, less than 400 infections for 2nd straight day
Updated: 2021-01-19 13:37:28 KST
South Korea reported 386 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, marking the second straight day with less than 400 infections.
351 were locally transmitted and 35 were from overseas.
This brings the country's total cases to over 73-thousand.

The downward trend in cases this week has been attributed to tougher social distancing measures and fewer tests conducted over the weekend.
Health authorities, however, remain on high alert over a possible spike in cases due to eased social distancing guidelines.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun also warned that infections can soar again at any time, urging the public to socially distance and adhere to anti-virus measures.

"In recent weeks, while cluster infections have decreased, infections through in-person contact have increased to 45%. Cases are spreading through direct contact with family, friends, and co-workers."

Concerns are also mounting over the new COVID-19 variants.
South Korea has a total of 18 cases of the new virus strains after a one case of the variant identified in Brazil was reported on Monday.
So far, the country has 15 cases of the British COVID-19 variant, two of the South African variant, and one of the Brazilian variant.
While health authorities are aware that the ones from Britain and South Africa are more transmissible, little is known about the variant from Brazil.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
Reporter : shmin@arirang.com