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S. Korea reports 1,266 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as country shows gradual decline in cases Updated: 2021-10-26 17:01:16 KST

South Korea confirmed 1-thousand 2-hundred 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
All but 20 were locally transmitted, with the majority coming from the capital area.
The numbers are a little higher than the day before, but this increase is likely due to the lower number of tests over the weekend.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Tuesday highlighted that daily tallies have fallen to levels witnessed at the start of the fourth wave, as the country heads toward vaccinating 80 percent of the population.
According to authorities, infections nationwide have been declining for three weeks.
Compared to the peak of the fourth wave three weeks ago, infections have declined by 46-percent.

This comes as South Korea is starting phase one, of its three-step transition to living with COVID-19, starting November first.
As part of the transition some high-risk facilities will require people to show a "vaccine pass" indicating they have been fully vaccinated, or show a negative PCR test.
In regards to this, the Prime Minister stressed that those who haven't been vaccinated should not be discriminated against.

"We are well aware that this measure should not be used to discriminate against the unvaccinated or give disadvantages to those who could not receive the jab due to health issues. We will thoroughly listen to various opinions, and design and operate the measures in a balanced way, promoting the recovery of the entire community."

With cases expected to spike with the upcoming Halloween weekend, the Prime Minister urged authorities to do their best, regarding thorough on-site inspections at bars and entertainment facilities.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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