South Korea is going to reach its goal of giving first COVID-19 shots to a quarter of its population much earlier than expected.
The government says the number of people administered with at least one shot is expected to exceed 13 million on Tuesday,… or by Wednesday at the latest.
This puts South Korea around two weeks ahead of its original deadline,.. which was the end of June.
As of the stroke of midnight Monday, more than 12.5 million people or 24.5 percent of South Korea's population had received at least one shot.
At the current pace, the government is aiming to give first jabs to 36 million people by September and reach herd immunity by November.
Meanwhile, South Korea on Tuesday reported 3-hundred 74 new cases of COVID-19,… remaining below 4-hundred for the second straight day.
Although it marks the lowest daily tally in over two months, health authorities are still on alert as the figures tend to be lower earlier in the week due to fewer tests happening over the weekend.
The virus reproduction rate has also risen back above one, meaning it's spreading at a faster pace.
Of Tuesday's new cases, all but 27 were locally transmitted,… with the capital region accounting for almost three-quarters of the infections.
There were 4 more deaths, bringing South Korea's COVID-19 death toll to 1-thousand 9-hundred-92.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.