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New virus cases in 500s for third straight day on Friday amid vaccination push Updated: 2021-06-18 15:18:50 KST

Good evening. South Korea on this Friday confirmed 507 new cases of Covid-19 marking the third straight day the daily tally has been above 500. Two more deaths were reported raising the death toll to 1,996.
This comes at a time when the nation's health authorities are set to finalize more relaxed social distancing rules.
Health authorities say that the rate of new infections appears to be slowing down and that the current situation is manageable.
Nearly 28 percent of the population have received their first vaccine doses… which is a few weeks ahead of schedule.
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