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S. Korea announces extra strong COVID-19 prevention measures for upcoming holiday season Updated: 2020-12-22 13:58:38 KST

South Korea reported 869 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, of them 824 were locally transmitted.
With the Christmas holiday season coming up, health authorities are concerned that this could make the COVID-19 situation worse.
To prevent another explosive surge in infections, the Korean government has announced new special prevention measures that will be imposed nationwide from December 24th to January 3rd.
During this period, winter sports facilities, ski resorts and popular year-end tourist spots will be shut down.
Hotels and guesthouses will only be allowed to have half their rooms available to encourage travelers to cancel their plans.
Department stores and large supermarkets will be required to do temperature checks on all shoppers and will not be able to offer samples of food or drinks.
Nursing homes and mental care hospitals will have to restrict visitors and workers in these facilities are banned from attending private gatherings.
Some officials are likening these measures to using tweezers to precisely target places that could become virus hotbeds.

"The purpose of these special prevention measures is pretty clear. We ask everyone to cancel all holiday travel plans and personal gatherings and stay home."

There were 24 new deaths on Tuesday the second day in a row that the country has seen the highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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