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S. Korea tops 200,000 total caseload on Monday Updated: 2021-08-03 05:59:56 KST

The total number of COVID-19 infections in South Korea to date now exceeds 200-thousand with 1-thousand 2-hundred 19 new cases reported on Monday.
Due to the more transmissible Delta variant sweeping across the country this unwanted milestone came just 4 months after it hit 100-thousand in April.
Sixty-five percent of new cases are still in the greater Seoul area, but daily infections in the region have slowed down a little compared to the week before.
But for the rest of the country, daily cases are still on the rise.

"The average daily number of cases outside the capital region was 546.1, which is higher than the previous week. These are mostly in Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daejeon."

In the past week, nationwide, 15-hundred-6 new cases were reported on average each day, a rise of 2-point 8 percent from the week before.
The R-naught number, which indicates how fast the virus is spreading, is still above one.
An expert thinks the public have been letting their guard down, which is why tougher measures might be needed before it's too late.

"To curb the spread of the virus, we need to enact much stricter social distancing schemes. Of course, the best thing is to complete the vaccination process, but we can't do that for at least three months. We need to rely on social distancing until we reach herd immunity."

He added that daily cases this week will be an important indicator.

"If cases this Wednesday to Friday are similar to the previous week, then it will take a while for daily cases to go down. To get it to the four or five-hundred range will take at least three months. We'll be in the 1000s for a very long time."

Meanwhile, the government is working to speed up the vaccination drive.
People over 75 who missed their vaccination slots can make reservations now at any time, and those aged 60 to 74 can book their jabs until the end of this month.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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