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S. Korea reports 698 new cases of COVID-19; authorities ramp up checks for rule violations Updated: 2021-04-15 13:49:23 KST

South Korea reported 698 cases on Thursday, 670 of them local and the rest from overseas.
Over 60 percent of the cases are from the capital region.
The number is slightly lower than the previous day, but the general trend is an increase in cases.
Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters official Jeon Hae-cheol said on Thursday that a month ago, one.one-one percent of tests for COVID-19 came back positive, but this rate has increased to one.six-two percent in the past week.
The rate has been increasing for four weeks straight.
To stop the spread, health authorities are increasing their checks for prevention guideline violations.
The official said that after the implementation of stricter checks starting April 5th, the number of violations went up from 30 to 150 cases per week.
Starting from Thursday, central and local government workers will cooperate to inspect nine types of vulnerable spots like cafes, bathhouses and daycare centers.
And health authorities will try to speed up the vaccination rollout for 350-thousand medical center and pharmacy workers, which had been originally planned for late April.
As of Thursday, a total of more than one.two-eight million people have received the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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