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S. Korea reports 1,629 COVID-19 cases on Saturday amid nationwide spread of fourth wave Updated: 2021-07-24 15:07:05 KST

South Korea is still in its worst COVID-19 situation so far.
On Saturday,the country reported 1,629 cases the 18th straight day, of the figure staying above the 1-thousand mark.
63 percent of the cases came from the greater Seoul area, which remains the country's hardest-hit region.
This is only a slight improvement from last week,when it took up some 75 percent of the nationwide total, despite issuing the country's toughest restrictions.
But authorities say the real concern now, are the areas outside the capital.

"Currently, the daily infections in the capital region are at a stagnant level. But the rest of the country is seeing an increase."

Areas outside the capital region have been reporting over 5-hundred cases for the past four days.
And on Saturday, they reported a record total of 5-hundred-82 cases,.. accounting for 37 percent of the country's total.
It is the highest figure, since the fourth wave began.
As vaccination becomes increasingly important, South Korea is set to begin its mass inoculation campaign for those in their 50s, starting next Monday.
The vaccinations are carried out in stages, with those aged 55 to 59, first in line to get the shots.
They will be getting either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
A recent study from Canada shows, a single dose of the Moderna vaccine provides 72 percent protection against the Delta variant, while the Pfizer vaccine is 56 percent.
This first round of vaccinations will last until August 14th, after which, the next group, consisting of those aged 50 to 54, will get their shots.
Saturday is the last day to make reservations for those in their 50s.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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