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S. Korea reports 1,202 new COVID-19 cases on Tues.; cases remain above 1,000 for almost a month Updated: 2021-08-03 17:01:28 KST

South Korea confirmed 1,202 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
The daily caseload has remained above the 1-thousand mark for almost a month now since July 7th.
The cases had been mostly centered on the greater Seoul area but recently more cluster infections have been seen in the rest of the country.
Cases outside the capital region now account for almost 40-percent of locally transmitted cases.
More than 90 cases came from the southeastern city of Busan on Tuesday.
Of those cases 7 were from a cluster infection that broke out in a call center.
The country also reported more than 1,100 infections from those who have been fully vaccinated including 8 patients in critical condition.
Of them 254 had gotten the AstraZeneca vaccine, 284 had received Pfizer, 584 had Janssen, and 10 had mixed shots.

"Out of about 6.3 million people who had been vaccinated in Korea breakthrough cases account for point-zero-1-8 percent. This means 17.8 people per 100-thousand people had been infected which is one-fifth the amount compared to the U.S."

So far, the health authorities have done a gene analysis on 243 of the breakthrough cases and found that 150 were variant cases.
Of those variant cases, 85-percent were the Delta variant.
Further adding to concerns the number of patients in critical condition has been rising among those in their 40s and 50s.

"There were 5.6 times more deaths and patients in critical condition for those in their 40s and 50s in the second week of July compared to the second week of June."

As the COVID-19 situation gets more serious a survey from the health ministry showed that 84-percent of South Koreans think the level 4 distancing measures in the capital region should be extended.
The survey also showed that only 28-percent of Koreans feel that they are safe from the virus since the fourth wave of the outbreak hit the country.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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