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SEOUL, July 7 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in instructed the government Wednesday to step up efforts to speedily trace COVID-19 infections amid a sharp hike in confirmed cases.
He called for the establishment of more temporary testing centers in areas with many residents or visitors and swift mobilization of military personnel, police officers and civil servants to that end, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Kyung-mee.
The president ordered "preemptive" steps to expand testing on people related to high-risk facilities frequented by those in their 20s and 30s, and expand anonymous testing to raise participation rates.
Moon also reaffirmed a strict principle of zero tolerance against acts of violating social distancing rules and other public heath restrictions.
Moon's message came hours after South Korea's health authorities reported more than 1,200 additional virus cases, the highest daily count here in half a year.
The country is struggling to fight against a burgeoning fourth wave of the pandemic, with the highly contagious delta variant spreading fast, especially in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Moon requested that the local governments of Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Incheon push for necessary measures in consultation with the health authorities.
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