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S. Korea reports 1,372 new COVID-19 cases; new distancing rules to be announced on Friday Updated: 2021-08-31 17:02:29 KST

South Korea reported 1,372 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
It's the first time in two weeks that the daily caseload has fallen below 14-hundred.
But this does not necessarily mean that the spread of the virus has slowed down, as Tuesday's numbers are usually lower than those later in the week, due to less testing over the weekend.
Of the locally transmitted cases, around 70-percent were from the capital region.
The government said Tuesday that the COVID-19 situation in the country is at a state where it's neither growing nor falling.

"Amid the prolonged fourth wave, the number of COVID-19 patients is not going up or going down. But if we let our guards down, we may see strikingly high numbers again."

The current social distancing measures are set to run until this Sunday.
So on Friday, the government will announce new measures for the month of September.
It will also announce "special virus prevention measures" for the upcoming Chuseok holiday, when millions usually travel across the nation to meet relatives.
The special Chuseok measures will likely include limits on gatherings and rules for nursing home visits.
As for people arriving from overseas, right now those who are fully vaccinated can apply for exemption from the mandatory two-week quarantine.
But starting September 10th, to prevent the Lambda variant from spreading in the country, anyone arriving from Peru or Chile, including those who are fully vaccinated will need to spend seven days at a government quarantine facility.
They will also have to turn in PCR tests upon arrival, and have two additional tests during their quarantine period.
After that, they are allowed to go home, but will have to self-isolate for another seven days.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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