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S. Korea reports 1,940 COVID-19 cases on Thursday Updated: 2021-10-14 17:01:43 KST

Vaccination rates in South Korea are climbing so fast that authorities say they could soon reach 70 percent.
As of Thursday, 61.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated.
Vaccination rates have really picked up the pace since July, when only 10 percent of the population were fully inoculated.
But in just three months, the total number of fully-vaccinated people has jumped around six-fold.

Based on current projections, authorities say that the country could reach a vaccination rate of 70 percent within two weeks.

"We expect vaccination rates to surpass 70 percent in the week of October 25th. We'll do our best to reach this rate even sooner."

And faster vaccination rates mean more easing of social distancing measures.
Starting with the 70 percent markauthorities are planning to change the virus prevention system to one that focuses on the number of deaths and patients in critical condition rather than the number of cases.
They added that once the country passes the 85 percent vaccination mark the highly contagious Delta variant can be contained without further quarantine measures even including masks.

"Once we finish inoculating 85 percent of the population our herd immunity threshold would reach 80 percent. Theoretically we would then be able to contain the Delta variant without masks, bans on gatherings or restrictions on business hours."

And thanks to high vaccination rates authorities say the number of daily infections will steadily go down.
On Thursday, 1-thousand 9-hundred 40 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
Though this was a jump from the previous day's tally in the 15-hundreds it was still lower than what was reported the week before.
It was also the 6th day straight that numbers have stayed below the 2-thousand mark despite the impact of the three-day weekend.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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