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S. Korea reports 549 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday; health authorities vow to pick up pace with vaccines Updated: 2021-04-20 10:01:18 KST

South Korea on Tuesday reported 549 new COVID cases.
The number of infections has dropped a bit from last week, when daily cases reached over 600 daily.
But concerns over the fourth nationwide spike continue as the nation has yet to see a notable decrease in infections.
529 of Tuesday's cases were local transmissions.
The greater Seoul area made up 66-percent of the day's local transmissions
as Seoul and Gyeonggi-do Province both reported caseloads in the triple digits.
A church in Seoul's Eunpyeong-gu district has been linked to 13 cases, and a restaurant in Gyeonggi-do province has been linked to 14 cases.
A cluster of 17 cases has also emerged at a makeup factory in Gyeonggi-do Province.
Amid rising cases, health authorities have vowed to do their best to inoculate 12 million people against COVID-19 in the first half of this year.
The government will set up 264 temporary inoculation centers in the country by the end of April to boost vaccinations.
These centers will play a key role in inoculating 3 million people by the end of this month.
Vice head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure headquarters, Kwon Deok-cheol pleaded to the public on Tuesday to place its trust in the government, saying it will deliver on successfully securing and administering the vaccines as planned.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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