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S. Korea confirms 731 new COVID-19 cases on Wed. Updated: 2021-04-21 16:31:17 KST

Amid growing concerns of another wave of the outbreak, South Korea reported 731 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday the first time in a week that the daily tally has surpassed the 700-mark.

Meanwhile, there have been more than 2-thousand cases among students and teachers since schools returned in March.
The Ministry of Education on Wednesday announced that the next three weeks until May 11th. will be a "special virus prevention period," with schools being closely monitored until late June.

"The Ministry of Education will run an on-site inspection team to monitor all facilities under the ministry's jurisdiction including kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and prep schools. I will be in charge of this until June."

The ministry also said on a trial basis, a testing team will visit schools in Seoul to conduct PCR tests for anyone who wishes to have one.
If this trial-run proves effective in Seoul, it will be expanded to schools nationwide.

Adding to the nation's caseload, a total of seven people from the national wrestling team, six returned to Korea and one is still abroad.
The Korea Wrestling Federation said Wednesday that 6 out of 24 players who returned to Korea from a tournament in Kazakhstan on Monday, tested positive and are currently in quarantine facilities.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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