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The following is the second summary of the main stories offered by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

(3rd LD) South Korea’s daily COVID-19 case count nears 100,000 on raging omicron

SEOUL – South Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases topped 90,000 for the second straight day on Thursday to hit a new record high amid fears the peak of the current wave has yet to come amid the spread rapid of the omicron variant.

The country reported 93,135 new COVID-19 infections, including 93,045 local cases, bringing the total number of cases to 1,645,978, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

Lee and Yoon seek to woo voters with real estate policy promises

SEOUL — Rival presidential candidates on Thursday sought to woo voters with promises of housing policy reforms as they ramp up their campaign for the March 9 presidential election.

Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) targeted the country’s most populated area on the third day of the official campaign period , pledging to stabilize soaring real estate prices.

(LEAD) North Korea emphasizes internal unity on late leader’s birth anniversary

SEOUL — North Korea appears to have focused on building internal unity on the 80th anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il’s birth, instead of using it as a chance to send a major new message to the outside world, a Seoul official said Thursday.

North Korea has held various events to mark the birthday, which falls on Feb. 16, of leader Kim Jong-un attending a national gathering held in the northwest city of Samjiyon on Tuesday to pay tribute to his late father, according to the North report. state media.

(LEAD) Wildfire in coastal Yeongdeok county brought under control on 3rd day

YEONGDEOK, South Korea – A wildfire in the southeastern coastal county of Yeongdeok was brought under control on Thursday, two days after it started, after damaging a large area the size of 560 football fields.

According to the Korea Forest Service (KFS) and local authorities, about 40 firefighting helicopters and some 2,200 people have been mobilized for mountain fire suppression operations in Yeongdeok, about 350 kilometers to the south. -east Seoul, which began around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

(2nd LD) Auction for additional 5G spectrum delayed due to dispute

SEOUL — A planned tender for additional 5G network spectrum bands has been postponed until after this month, officials said Thursday, as three major South Korean telecom operators failed to secure a bid. compromise on the expected auction.

In December, the Ministry of Science and ICT announced that it would open a tender for additional 5G networks in the 3.4 to 3.42 gigahertz spectrum, as requested by LG Uplus, the smallest operator in mobile telephony.

(LEAD) Moon urges foreign companies to increase investment in S. Korea

SEOUL — President Moon Jae-in on Thursday urged foreign companies to increase investment in South Korea, saying the economy was showing signs of strong recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moon made the remarks during a meeting with senior executives of foreign-funded enterprises here, the presidential office said in a statement.

(LEAD) National Brand Up Expo 2022 showcases Korea’s rich cultural heritage

SEOUL — An exhibition highlighting Korea’s 5,000-year history and rich cultural heritage opened at a museum in Seoul on Wednesday.

The National Brand Up 2022 Exhibition, co-organized by the non-governmental organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) and Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s key newswire, opened at the Museum Korea National Championship in central Seoul for a six-day race under the theme “The Beauty of Five Thousand Years of History”.