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South Korea reports 1,372 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday Updated: 2021-08-31 10:03:33 KST

We now turn to the COVID-19 situation in South Korea
Authorities say the Delta variant is making it extremely tough for them to curb the spread of the virus.
South Korea has now seen almost two straight months of quadruple daily figures.
For more, we have Kim Do-yeon at the News Center.
Do-yeon, Tuesdays' numbers are usually lower than later in the week due slower testing over the weekend..

That's right Mark, but today's number is still a good sign as it was the first time in two weeks we've seen a daily caseload under 14-hundred.
The country reported 1,3-hundred-72 cases of which all but 39 were locally transmitted.
This is down 115 from the day before.
As you mentioned, Tuesdays' numbers are generally lower, but even comparing it to Tuesday of last week it's around a hundred less.
But it's too early for the authorities to call it a downward trend considering numbers in the nation's capital Seoul continue to rise.
On the other hand, the vaccination campaign is picking up speed as nearly 30 percent of those eligible in the nation have been fully vaccinated.
As of now, the goal is to reach 50 percent in a month, and it seems to be on track for that target.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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