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S. Korea reports 2,050 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday Updated: 2021-09-08 10:05:41 KST

We begin with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
Yet another high number of new cases to report over the past 24 hours.
Wednesday tallies are usually the highest of the week due to the lull in testing over the weekend.
For the latest we have our Kim Do-yeon at the News Center.
Do-yeon


Mark, South Korea's daily COVID-19 caseload for Wednesday stands at 2,and-50 of which all but 36 were locally transmitted.
As you said, Wednesdays are usually the highest in terms of caseload and for the past few Wednesdays, we've seen the figure go over the 2-thousand mark so it has been expected.
Compared to last week it's up 24.
One thing to note is that Seoul and its surrounding regions have been under the highest level for social distancing but the number of cases actually continues to be high.
This is alarming for authorities as the Chuseok Holiday in late September will cause massive movement, with many citizens leaving the capital region to visit family members.
That said, authorities will be trying to get a grip on the spread before the holidays.
The Delta variant is behind the high number of cases.
According to health authorities, it now accounts for more than 97-percent of all infections in South Korea.
Authorities studied nearly 3-thousand random case samples from the first week of September and found that more than 28-hundred of them were the Delta strain.
That's a 2.7 percent jump from samples the week before.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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