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S. Korea sees 537 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, plans to finalize vaccination plan by January Updated: 2021-01-12 10:07:53 KST

South Korea reported 537 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday a slight uptick from Monday's figures.
508 of the new infections were locally transmitted with close to 350 of those coming from Seoul and the surrounding area.
Cluster infections at nursing hospitals and churches continue to add to the total tally now nearing 70-thousand.
With 25 more fatalities, the death toll stands at 1165.

"This week will decide whether the current steady trend continues and we stabilize or we lose focus and see another wave of proliferation."

Health authorities warn against complacency but have acknowledged that the situation is getting better.
For the first time in more than two months, the daily rate of positive tests on Monday dropped below one percent.
As for vaccines, the country has added people aged 50 to 64 and prison inmates to its provisional list of nine vaccination priority recommendation groups
The list includes healthcare workers, senior citizens, the chronically ill, police officers, fire fighters and military personnel.
Health authorities say they expect 32 to 36 million people in South Korea to be given priority.
Having already announced it'll vaccinate all nationals free of charge, the government intends to finalize its inoculation plan by this month as vaccination is set to start in February.
Not too many details were given, but the Prime Minister also mentioned in a briefing that more vaccines will be secured through other methods.

"So that people can rest assured they will be vaccinated, the government has been working on securing extra vaccines from another platform and there's been significant progress recently."

South Korea has secured vaccines for 56 million people from individual firms and the COVAX Facility global alliance program, which is enough for the entire population.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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