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Current distancing measures extended for 3 more weeks: health authorities Updated: 2021-04-30 08:53:47 KST

Our top story this morning, South Korean health authorities have just announced their decision to extend the current social distancing measures for another three weeks.
The measures were due to end this week.
They also extended the special virus prevention period for one more week in a bid to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
For more we have our Jang Tae-hyun on the line for us.
Tae-hyun give us the details.?

To curb the spread of coronavirus, South Korean health authorities decided to extend the current distancing measures as well as the restriction on gatherings of five or more people for three more weeks.
Acting Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki at a meeting on Friday said, the decision was made after considering the caseload and remaining number of hospital beds over the past weeks.
And the caseload could go up as more people tend to travel during the May holidays, like on Children's Day.
Along with distancing measures, the country will also extend the "special virus prevention period" for one more week.
During this time all government ministries will continue to thoroughly inspect virus prevention measures in place at facilities under their supervision and maintain a ban on private gatherings among civil workers.
To stop the spread, health authorities will ramp up testing to find mild or asymptomatic cases.
They'll also inspect if densely populated and poorly ventilated places are following prevention safety guidelines.
On Friday, South Korea reported 661 new COVID-19 cases, staying in the mid-to-high 600 range for two straight days.
That's all I've got for now and I'll be back with more details.
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