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S. Korea extends current social distancing measures for two more weeks Updated: 2021-08-06 10:15:16 KST

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South Korea confirmed slightly over 17-hundred new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
For more, we have our Kim Sung-min on the line.
Sung-min, give us the details

Mark, the country reported 1,7-hundred-4 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Daily cases have now stayed above the 1-thousand mark for more than 30 straight days.
Cases outside the greater Seoul area accounted for 38 percent of the new infections.
Busan added 1-hundred-5 cases, and Chungcheongbuk-do Province 38 due to a cluster linked to a pub.
Other major cluster infections emerged at sports facilities, saunas, internet cafes and hair shops, and many of those infected were those in their 20s and 30s who haven't been vaccinated.

And to try to stem the spread, South Korean health officials have extended the current level of social distancing measures for another two weeks.

Mark, the government announced that the current measures will remain as they are for two more weeks.
That means the capital area will stay under the highest distancing level four,. with level three applied to most areas across the nation.
A ban on gatherings of three or more people after 6 PM will also remain in the greater Seoul area.
The decision comes as the government tries to contain the virus, especially with more people expected to travel around the country during the summer vacation season.
Here is the reason given by the Prime Minister regarding the extension.

"There is an alternative holiday for National Liberation Day next week which could accelerate the spread of the virus and also it is very important to provide a safe environment for our children to study at school for the upcoming second semester."

The government also said that easing the distancing level in the capital area to level three could be considered once the average daily cases in the region drops below 8-hundred.
For now, while there were no significant changes made, the Prime Minister said, small adjustments will be implemented to shore up loopholes that have been identified over the past month.
Details on this will be released later today.
Mark.
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