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Coronavirus

South Korea's daily COVID cases hit record of over 600,000

Government looks to end curbs despite surge in infections, deaths

A health care worker tests a man for COVID-19 in Seoul on March 17: Despite surging infection numbers, the government looks set to end almost all social distancing restrictions soon.   © AP

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea recorded a record 621,328 new daily COVID-19 cases and a daily record 429 deaths, authorities said on Thursday, as the country which once took an aggressive anti-pandemic approach is set to end COVID restrictions.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the highly infectious Omicron variant was driving the record wave of infections and while a public survey revealed many expected to catch the virus, few feared serious health consequences.

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