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South Korea becomes world's COVID hot spot as infections surge

Seoul to ease curbs despite new daily cases topping 400,000

A health care worker tests for COVID-19 in Seoul. South Korea has seen a surge in new cases as the government lifts restrictions.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- New daily coronavirus cases in South Korea have topped 400,000, making the country the world's biggest hot spot as the government prepares to lift pandemic-related restrictions.

A total of 400,741 infections were confirmed Tuesday, up roughly 20% from a week prior, according to data published by the South Korean government.

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