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No. of new infections in S. Korea drops to 300s for first time in a week Updated: 2021-02-22 10:05:06 KST

The number of new COVID-19 infections here in the country returned to the 300s on Monday for the first time in a week at 332.
But local health authorities warn it's too early for people to lower their guard.

"After jumping to the 600s after the Lunar New Year holidays, the number of new cases has been in the 400s for the past three days and went down to the 300s today, but the unstable situation continues to linger"

Following the four-day holiday, cluster infections have been popping up at hospitals and factories in the greater Seoul area.
And with the country's vaccination program just about to start, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has vowed to actively respond to any emergencies that could arise including reactions to the vaccines.
Laying out detailed measures like the role of each institution, the government has set up rapid response teams across 17 cities and provinces.
In addition, social distancing measures may be readjusted depending on the course of the infection rates this week.
A recent poll suggests six out of 10 South Koreans believe there is a need for stronger social distancing measures.
According to local pollster Realmeter on Monday, almost 63 percent of five-hundred respondents wanted to bring back the tightened measures.
The country also reported five more new deaths on Monday.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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