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S. Korea reports 565 new COVID-19 cases on Sat., 22.2% of population vaccinated with first dose Updated: 2021-06-12 14:53:38 KST

South Korea on Saturday reported 565 new cases of COVID-19, a slight uptick from Friday's tally.
525 of those cases were transmitted locally, with the capital region accounting for 75 percent of them.
Cluster infections have recently broken out at a church in Seoul, an auto parts company in Chungcheongbuk-do Province, as well as restaurants and schools across the country raising the nation's total caseload to over 147-thousand.
One more patient has died, raising the national death toll to one,982.
Out of Saturday's 40 imported cases, fourteen are believed to come from Indonesia.
More and more people are getting vaccinated, though, as Korea aims to achieve herd immunity as fast as possible.
Close to 793-thousand people got vaccinated with their first shots on Friday, pushing the total up to over 22-percent of the population.
Meanwhile, five.six percent of the country has now been fully vaccinated.
They include recipients of Janssen's single-dose vaccine, which started being administered on Thursday to reserve forces, civil defense corps, and other military and foreign affairs-related personnel aged 30 to 60.
The health ministry announced on Saturday that the Janssen shots donated to Korea by the U.S. were not manufactured at the troubled Baltimore plant recently forced to discard around 60-million doses over possible contamination issues.
Officials added that the supplied shots were authorized for use after passing the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety's tests upon arrival.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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