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S. Korea reports 404 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday Updated: 2021-01-20 10:15:49 KST

South Korea reported 404 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up 18 from the previous day.
Of the daily new cases, 373 were locally transmitted and 31 were from overseas.
This now brings the country's total caseload to over 73,5-hundred.
Most of recent infections are from the greater Seoul area with the capital reporting the most at 135, followed closely by Gyeonggi-do Province with 126.
Outside of the capital area, other regions reported fewer than 20 cases each.

A year ago on January 20th, the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case and since then it has been struggling to contain the virus.

" In retrospect, the past year has been a series of challenges day after day. So far, more than 70-thousand people have been infected and 1,300 precious lives have been lost, leaving the country hurt."

The Prime Minister, however, called on the public not to lose hope, stressing that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available.
He also vowed to strengthen the country's virus prevention measures.

"Only tougher measures can ensure the return to "normal" life and heal the suffering from the pandemic. The government will do its best to make 2021 the year of overcoming COVID-19."

In recent weeks, although virus cases appear to be slowing down, health authorities remain vigilant, urging the public to socially distance and respect the current guidelines.

"In order to reduce infections, we must minimize in-person contact. We urge you to cancel all social gatherings and trips, and especially to refrain from meeting with five or more people."

While partially easing restrictions on some establishments, such as cafes and gyms, South Korea has extended its current social distancing measures until the end of this month.
The greater Seoul area is under Level 2.5 while most of the nation is under Level 2.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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