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S. Korea extends current social distancing measures for another two weeks Updated: 2021-08-06 08:15:49 KST

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South Korean health officials have decided to EXTEND the current social distancing measures for another two weeks.
And this comes as the country's daily infections are hovering around 15-hundred for the past week.
For more on this, we have our Kim Sung-min on the line.
Sung-min, tell us more about the decision.

Soo-young, the government announced that the current measures will remain as they are for two more weeks.
That means the capital area will stay under the highest distancing level four,. with level three applied to most areas across the nation.
A ban on social gatherings of more than three people after 6 PM will also remain in the greater Seoul area.
The decision comes as the government tries to contain the virus, especially with more people expected to travel around the country during the summer vacation season.
Here is the reason given by the Prime Minister regarding the extension.

"There is an alternative holiday for National Liberation Day next week which could accelerate the spread of the virus and also it is very important to provide a safe environment for our children to study at school for the upcoming second semester."

However, while there were no significant changes made, the Prime Minister said, small adjustments will be implemented to shore up loopholes that have been identified over the past month.
Details on this will be released later today.
This comes as the country reported 1,7-hundred-4 new cases on Friday.
A growing proportion of virus cases in the country are occurring outside of the Seoul area, now accounting for 38 percent of the new infections.
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