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S. Korea enters special end-of-year COVID-19 prevention as Tuesday records another triple digit number Updated: 2020-12-22 10:00:39 KST

Our top story this lunchtime.
South Korea reported eight-hundred-sixty-nine new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours.
Eight-hundred-twenty-four of which were locally transmitted.
For more, Kim Yeon-seung is on the line.
Let's start with the South Korean government's new prevention measures. What can you tell us.

Well Mark for starters, some officials are dubbing the new special prevention measures as 'pincette' or 'tweezers' prevention, because they hone in on facilities and events that might serve as hotbeds for the virus.
With Christmas and end-of-the-year festivities looming, health authorities have brought in these measures to prevent a potential explosion of new cases.

"The special prevention measures start on Christmas Eve and end with the New Year's holiday. Some of the measures are stricter than level 3 and will be enforced nationwide to slash the spike once and for all."

Winter sports facilities, including ski resorts and famous tourist spots, will be shut down temporarily.
Nursing homes and mental care hospitals have to restrict visitors and workers in those facilities are banned from attending private gatherings.

And what can you tell us about the new cases reported in South Korea over the past 24 hours.

Of Tuesday's new cases, the greater Seoul area make up almost 70 percent of the local transmissions.
The temporary COVID-19 testing centers in the capital region found 131 hidden COVID-19 patients, who reported no prior contact with another transmitter.
The Seoul Detention Center also says two of its inmates have the virus, sparking concerns they may have spread it to the center's roughly 3-thousand inmates and employees.
South Korea's past week average of new daily cases is 985.
Back to you, Mark.
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