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S. Korea reports 671 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as gov't decides to keep social distancing levels Updated: 2021-04-09 09:19:11 KST

South Korea's health authorities will maintain its social distancing level for an additional three weeks but with certain adjustments.
This comes as the daily caseloads have started to increase, and many health experts are voicing concerns that a fourth wave has begun.
For more on this, we have our Kim Do-yeon on the line.
Do-yeon, first, let's start with today's new cases.

Good morning, Mok-yeon.
South Korea reported 671 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday of which 644 were local transmissions.
This is a slight drop from yesterday's 700 cases, but authorities have voiced their concerns as this may be a sign of a fourth wave.
Considering the situation, many expect and are bracing for heightened social distancing measures, but the government has decided to keep the status quo for another three weeks starting next Monday.
This comes as the capital region and the city of Busan currently have a distancing level of two, and the rest of the country has one.five.
While nightlife venues in the capital region and Busan were allowed to operate despite level two banning them, starting next Monday, they will have to close again, adhering to the guidelines.
In addition, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun warned that at any given time, other businesses will be subject to closure to control the spread if needed.
That's all I have for you at this hour, but I'll be back with more updates in a later cast Mok-yeon.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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