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S. Korea to raise distancing level outside Seoul area from Tuesday Updated: 2021-07-25 14:03:12 KST

The decision to raise the distancing level comes as new cases of the virus surge outside the Seoul area.
Our Kim Bo-kyoung joins us on the line with the details on these new measures.
Bo-kyoung what can you tell us?

Hello Devin, like you said, health authorities announced on Sunday that social distancing measures outside the greater capital region are also rising to level three starting Tuesday giving them a day to prepare to make these adjustments.

"The South Korean government has raised social distancing to level three outside the capital area for two weeks from July 27th to August 8th."

Level three restrictions allow private gatherings of up to four people, and limit events like weddings and funerals to no more than 49 people.
Restaurants, cafes and karaoke bars have to close at 10 PM.

Some regions have decided to go a step further to level four.
One of those is the city of Daejeon, whose mayor, Her Tae-jeong, announced Sunday that level four will apply for the same two-week period starting this Tuesday.

The number of cases in Daejeon in the past week was 4-hundred-99, which is an average of 71.3 per day, exceeding the level-four threshold of 60.

Cases have been trending higher across the whole country.
On Sunday, South Korea reported 1,487 new cases, which is the highest number yet on a weekend.
Of the total, the greater Seoul area accounted for 8-hundred-76 cases, and that's the first time in five days it's been below 900.
Outside the capital area, however, new cases have surged to 5-hundred-46, which accounts for more than 38 percent of cases nationwide.
That is the highest ratio in this wave of the pandemic.
As for vaccines, around one-third of the population have received at least one dose.
The campaign will be speeding up now on Monday, vaccinations will start for people in the general public in their 50s.
First will be people aged 55 to 59, who'll get either Pfizer or Moderna.
That group will go until August 14th and then it'll be people aged 50 to 54.
That's all I got for now, back to you Devin.
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