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S. Korea confirms 2,008 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday Updated: 2021-09-17 09:51:53 KST

We begin with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
It's the eve of the Chuseok holiday, and a mass movement of people will begin within hours.
Authorities hope the holiday won't lead to a big spike in infections as the nation hasn't had much luck stemming the spread in recent weeks.
Some good news though.
The vaccination drive is close to reaching the government's goal of administering first doses to 70 percent of South Korea's population.
For more, we have our Kim Do-yeon at the News Center standing by.
Do-yeon, a high daily caseload right before the holiday.

That's right Mark, South Korea's daily COVID-19 caseload for Friday stands at 2,and-8 of which all but 35 were locally transmitted.
As you said, this is a big daily number and even more significant considering that a mass movement for Chuseok is set to kick off today.
The figure is 65 more than 24 hours before and 116 cases higher than for the same period last week.
Much of the increase is coming from the capital area.
Seoul City alone accounted for more than a third of the local infections tally with 738.
That's an increase of 70 compared to last Friday's tally.
Many of the travelers are expected to leave Seoul moving across the rest of the nation, leaving authorities worried that after the holiday, there could be a surge in infections throughout the country.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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