Medical workers collect samples on March 19, 2021, at a self-service clinic for tests for the new coronavirus in Sokcho, Gangwon province, following an increase in infections in the city.

New cases of coronavirus in South Korea have remained above 400 this Saturday for the fourth day in a row, as continued sporadic group infections in the Seoul metropolitan area have been increasing. concerns about a resurgence of cases, as more people go out over the weekend.

The country reported 452 new cases of COVID-19, including 440 local infections, bringing the total cases to 98,209, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). .

The country added 3 more deaths, bringing the total to 1,693.

The figure is a slight decrease compared to the 463 cases recorded on Friday.New cases of infections remained in the 300 range Monday and Tuesday due to fewer tests conducted over the weekend, although they rebounded above 400 on Wednesday.

Despite widespread epidemiological prevention measures, group infections have shown no signs of abating in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.

The government previously announced that it will maintain the anti-virus measures, which were scheduled to expire on March 14, for another two weeks, until March 28, to contain the spread of the virus.The measures include a ban on the number of people attending schools, religious activities and sporting events.

In addition, health authorities plan to accelerate the deployment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that there is no evidence to suggest a correlation between the immunizations and blood clumps found in certain beneficiaries.

More than a dozen European countries, including Germany, France and Italy, have discontinued the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, following reports of blood clots in people who received the AstraZeneca vaccines.

In South Korea, two suspected cases of blood clots were reported after vaccination.

A total of 675,426 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, including 15,132 the day before.

There have been 618,852 inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine and 56,574 with the Pfizer vaccine.

Under the country’s vaccination program, which began on February 26, a total of 12 million people will be vaccinated by the end of June.Foreigners will also be inoculated under the same program.

The nation intends to accomplish crowd resistance by November.

A total of 9,757 cases of vaccine side effects have been reported, 9,641 of which only had mild symptoms.

The number of people who died after receiving the vaccine reached 16, so far, according to the KDCA.

Among the 440 cases of local transmission, 119 were registered in Seoul and 187 in Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the capital.Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, added 11 more cases.

The number of imported cases stood at 12, which is a decrease compared to the 22 cases registered the previous day.

The number of patients with severe symptoms nationwide was 102, which represents an increase of one compared to the previous day.

The total number of people discharged from quarantine, after fully recovering, was 89,949, registering an increase of 426 compared to the previous day.

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