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South Korea reports highest Tuesday COVID-19 caseload at 1,597 Updated: 2021-09-07 09:54:57 KST

We start with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
Despite the ongoing efforts of health officials to stem the spread, the virus is still causing hundreds of new infections a day.
In fact, South Korea has just reported a record number of cases for a Tuesday.
For more, we have Kim Do-yeon at the News Center.
Do-yeon, no matter the efforts the public and businesses are making, this fourth wave refuses to die down.

That's right Mark, South Korea's COVID-19 situation has been getting worse, not better.
To be specific, South Korea's daily COVID-19 caseload for Tuesday stands at 1,5-hundred-97 of which all but 34 were locally transmitted.
As you mentioned, this is the highest daily caseload for a Tuesday and numbers on Tuesdays are usually lower due to the impact of slowed testing over the weekend.
AND compared to last Tuesday, the number of infections is up by 200.
The increase in cases comes as Seoul and its surrounding region are seeing a surge.
The capital region accounted for more than a thousand of the locally transmitted cases.
In addition, the R-naught number is back above the one.zero mark at one.zero-two.
The rest of the country is at zero.nine-two.
If this continues until the Chuseok Holiday authorities are concerned about infections spreading nationwide from people traveling home for the holidays from the capital region.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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