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S. Korea reports 1,365 new cases on Tues.; Level 3 begins outside capital area Updated: 2021-07-27 10:43:47 KST

South Korea continues to see a surge of COVID-19 infections from outside the capital putting health authorities on their toes.
That's why starting Tuesday the health authorities from those areas are imposing stricter measures.
For more about this, we have Choi Won-jong on the line for us.

Mark, like you said, the health authorities have imposed stricter social distancing raising measures to level three outside the capital region for two weeks until August 8th.
The stricter measures will cover most of the non-capital areas, which are usually crowded with visitors around this time of year.
The authorities are pleading with the public to follow the measures.

" With growing number of cases from outside the Greater Seoul area it is urgent that we stop this trend. We are seeing a large scale wave in Daejeon, Busan, Gyeonsangnam-do Province, Daegu, Gangwon-do Province, and Jeju."

Under level 3, private gatherings of 5 or more are not allowed.
Nightlife facilities like bars and clubs must close by 10 PM.
And, cafes and restaurants are only allowed to provide takeout and delivery services after 10 PM.
And there are additional measures in place for places such as parks and beaches because of the many visitors flooding these areas during summer break.
No night-time drinking is allowed on the beaches and everybody, even vaccinated people, must wear masks.
Also, in a briefing, the officials mentioned the stricter measures at department stores or large supermarkets under social distancing levels three and four.
Starting Friday on July 30th, people must log in with their personal information before they enter.
This can be done by checking in via a QR code scan, phone call, or writing down their information.
However, traditional markets will be exempt from this measure.
Meanwhile, for the cities of Daejeon, Yangyang and Gimhae, which have seen spikes in cases, social distancing is now at the highest level four, the same as the greater Seoul area.

The country, AGAIN, reported infections above the thousand mark today.
Won-jong, what's the latest number from Tuesday?

South Korea confirmed 1-thousand 3-hundred 65 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
The number of cases has increased from the number reported the previous day.
Of the new cases, all but 89 were locally transmitted raising the total number of cases to over 191-thousand.
However, the Greater Seoul region still makes up the highest number of infections among Tuesday's caseload accounting for over 65 percent.
That's all I have for now.
Back to you, Mark.
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