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S. Korea reports 2,667 cases on Wed.; more infections among teens and older adults Updated: 2021-11-03 17:06:32 KST

A big jump in South Korea's daily caseload was reported on Wednesday following the Halloween weekend and as social distancing rules have been gradually eased.
South Korea reported 2-thousand 667 new cases the fourth-highest and a leap of over a thousand from the previous day.
Authorities say that a rise was to be expected after the eased social distancing measures began to take effect.

"The increase in the number of confirmed cases was inevitable due to more meetings and social activities and while the country makes a gradual transition to normal life."

Health authorities are also concerned over cluster infections among school students with teenagers making up more than 24-percent of the country's total caseload.
Ahead of the national college entrance exam in just two weeks and with all students back in classrooms more anti-virus measures will be in place such as on-site PCR tests and other preventative measures for classes that are at full capacity.

For two consecutive weeks infections among people over the age of 60 have been on the rise.
From October 24th to 30th 4-hundred 20 cases were reported among people aged over 60 an 18.3 percent jump from the previous week making it the first time that over 400 cases were reported for people in this age group.

However, for two weeks from November 4th to November 17th there will be special inspection teams on duty to crack down any violations against social distancing measures mostly focusing on businesses in the Greater Seoul area such as coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and nursing homes.

Despite the climbing number of COVID-19 cases the authorities, however, say the nation's medical system is stable with 53-percent of the hospital beds for severely-ill patients currently unoccupied.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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