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S. Korea's daily COVID-19 tally hits all-time high on Wed. with 1,896 cases Updated: 2021-07-28 09:59:18 KST

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South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally hit a record-high Wednesday, closing in on two-thousand new infections.
Concerns are mounting as regions outside Seoul are seeing more cluster infections.
In addition, the Delta variant now makes up around half the new cases.
We have Choi Min-jung on the line for the details.
Min-jung, despite everyone's best efforts, the fourth wave seems to be getting worse not better.

That's right, Mark. South Korea has reported 1-thousand 8-hundred 96 new cases of the virus, marking yet another all-time high.
All but 73 of Wednesday's cases were locally transmitted, and the national caseload has topped 1-hundred 93-thousand.
Four more patients have died raising the death toll to 2-thousand 83.

It's been almost three weeks since the capital region was put under the highest level four social distancing restrictions, but there has been no drop in the number of infections.

"We are in the most important period right now. We need to see if we can contain the spread by substantially strengthening the current level four social distancing measures and getting more cooperation from the public."

Concerns are also growing in other parts of the country.
Over the past week, one in three new infections were reported outside the greater Seoul area.
On top of this, health authorities are also on high alert due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
Last week, the Delta strain made up 88 percent of the country's new variant cases.

That seems to be the trend globally as well. Min-jung, tell us more about the vaccine roll out in South Korea. We hear more shots have arrived.

That's right, Mark. More than 2.6 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine arrived in South Korea earlier today.
They are part of the 66-million doses the government bought directly from Pfizer.
Including those through a vaccine swap agreement with Israel, South Korea has received more than 6.7 million doses so far this month
Around 100-thousand doses of Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine will arrive on Thursday.
The government says, Moderna's vaccine, originally scheduled to arrive in late-July, will now be delivered from next week.
So far, more than 34 percent of South Korea's population have received a first dose.
Over 13 percent have been fully vaccinated.
That's all I have at this hour.
Back to you, Mark.
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