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South Korea’s president will suspend informal media briefings he has held nearly every day since taking office in May, his office said on Monday, citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections — just as a survey showed a fall in his approval ratings.

The end of the free-wheeling briefings, which broke with years of tradition as President Yoon Suk-yeol sought to step up transparency, also comes amid growing questions over scandal and party turmoil.

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