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South Korea wary of coronavirus relapse as life returns to normal

Golden Week holidays offer tourism industry relief but worry authorities

SEOUL -- Life is returning to normal in South Korea, now that the daily coronavirus caseload has lightened to a level not seen in months. The country's epidemic control authorities, however, are warily watching for a COVID-19 resurgence after the public appeared to ease up on social distancing over the recent Golden Week holidays.

One afternoon in late April, there was a long line of people outside a popular restaurant in central Seoul. When the coronavirus was peaking in the country, the area was nearly deserted. Now, the district is crowded with people at lunchtime, just as it was before the outbreak began.

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