Here in South Korea the nation confirmed another daily count of COVID-19 cases above the thousand mark on Monday seeing a slight drop due to fewer tests conducted over the weekend.
Health authorities are maintaining the highest distancing level for the Greater Seoul area and raised measures by one notch for areas outside the capital. For more, we have Choi Won-jong on line for us.
Won-jong fill us in.
Dami, South Korea reported 1-thousand 3-hundred 18 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
Like you said, due to fewer tests over the weekend, the number of cases has decreased from the number reported the previous day.
Of the new cases, all but 54 were locally transmitted raising the total caseload to over 190-thousand.
The Greater Seoul region still makes up the highest number of infections among Monday's caseload accounting for nearly 60 percent.
With a new wave of infections continuing to surge health authorities have extended the highest level of social distancing in the Greater Seoul area for another two weeks until August 8th.
Following the raise in the capital region a few non-capital areas such as Daejeon and Yangyang, have been raised to level four as well.
However, as many people travel during the summer break, health authorities in non-capital areas have also raised social distancing measures by one level to prevent further spread.
The stricter level will kick off tomorrowTuesday and stay in place until August 8th.
Level three restrictions allow private gatherings of up to four people, while restaurants, cafes and karaoke bars have to close by 10 PM.
Won-jong, can you also tell us about vaccinations for people in their 50s that will kick off today?
That's right. More than 3 million people between 55 and 59 will receive their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine today on July 26th with an mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer.
Despite delays in the online vaccine booking system due to overwhelming demand, 86-percent of those eligible said 'YES' to getting vaccinated in the coming weeks at their designated medical centers.
Starting in the mid-August, more than 3.1 million people aged 50 to 54 will get their chance to get the first shot.
That's all I have at this hour I will be back with more in a later newscast.
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