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New social distancing measures to be announced Sunday afternoon, while S. Korea logs 429 new infections Updated: 2021-06-20 12:21:21 KST


South Korea reported 429 new Covid cases on Sunday.
Daily case numbers appear to be on an overall downward trend, falling to the mid-300s for a couple of days earlier this week and staying in the 400s this weekend.
It's a hopeful sign, considering that there were more than 700 cases a day earlier this year.
Of Sunday's cases, 380 were local and 49 were from overseas.
In Gyeonggi-do Province, which surrounds the capital Seoul, there were clusters at an elementary school, an employment agency and a singing room.
The 49 cases from overseas, however, marked the highest number of imported cases in almost a year, since last summer when there were more than 80 in one day.
Most of Sunday's imported cases were from Indonesia, but they were found during the two-week quarantine period for travelers, so they did not reach the local community.
The vaccine campaign, meanwhile, is raising hopes that the decline in new cases will continue as more than 29 percent of South Korea's population has now received at least one dose of a vaccine.
The health authorities have revised the country's social distancing scheme, which they will announce in detail this afternoon.
The new measures will be based on a four-tiered system, rather than the five levels of distancing that are in place right now.
This new four-tiered system is expected to ease the restrictions that have affected businesses, especially in the capital.
The authorities have hinted before that the new system would let bars and restaurants operate until midnight instead of 10 PM, and would likely allow gatherings of five or more people, which are currently banned.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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