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S. Korea reports 1,943 COVID infections, 78% coming from capital region Updated: 2021-09-16 17:00:37 KST

As South Korea prepares for the major Chuseok holiday, the country reported 1,9-hundred-43 cases on Thursday.
It's a slight decline from the day before, when the figure topped the two-thousand mark.

But there are growing concerns, as the outbreak is currently centered on the densely populated capital area.
Seoul and the surrounding areas took up a staggering 78 percent of Thursday's infections.
Seoul alone reported more than 7-hundred cases.

According to a health official, that puts the infection rate in the capital region, at about three times higher than in rest of the country.
For every 100-thousand people, the capital region sees about 5.1 cases, compared to 1.six infections for the rest of the country.
And this comes despite the fact the toughest restrictions are in place for the capital region.

Vaccines are not likely to be a gamechanger at this stage.
Authorities say at least 70 percent of the population should be FULLY vaccinated for the country to see a notable decline in cases which is expected to be around late October or early November.
They are also worried that the current vaccine effects could be defeated by the increased movements during the upcoming Chuseok holiday that starts this weekend.
While advising people to stay at home, they urged them to make family gatherings as small and short as possible.

Usually when a gathering lasts 12 hours, risk of infection goes up to 60 percent. But if the duration is reduced to four hours, the risk of infection decreases to 35 percent.

The government is allowing up to 8 people to gather during the holiday,. as long as four of them are fully vaccinated.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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