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COVID-19 pandemic in S. Korea gradually improving due to vaccinations: Health officials Updated: 2021-10-19 17:02:03 KST

For the past two weeks South Korea has been seeing a gradual decrease in the number of new COVID-19 infections.
Areas outside the capital region have seen a 28-percent drop in the average number of infections this week, while the greater Seoul area saw an 18-percent drop.
Also compared to the last week of September when the nation saw close to 25-hundred daily cases on average, the figure in the most recent week has been about 37 percent lower.

"The reproduction rate in the past week fell below 1 for the second consecutive week, standing at 0.86. When looking at these indices, it appears that we are seeing a clear sign of decline in the fourth wave of infections."

South Korea reported 1,73 cases on Tuesday, a relatively low figure that demonstrates the declining trend.
The nation's authorities attribute the success to high vaccination rates.
South Korea has now fully vaccinated 65.9 percent of its population.
And more than 127-thousand children aged 12 to 15 reserved their shots on Monday, the first day that reservations opened.
That's almost 7 percent of that age group.
Health officials say that if the current momentum continues,.. the nation will reach 70 percent in vaccinations by the end of this week.
But health authorities are warning against complacency.
They reiterated Tuesday that despite the relatively low numbers, the current social distancing measures will stay in place until the end of October.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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