New cases of coronavirus in South Korea have fallen below 600 again this Sunday, mainly due to fewer tests carried out, as health authorities try to accelerate the vaccination campaign at the national level in order to contain the spread.

The country reported 564 more cases of COVID-19, including 522 local infections, bringing the total cases to 127,309, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). .

This Sunday’s figure represents a drastic decrease compared to the 701 cases the day before.

The number of daily cases usually increases after weekends, as more people are tested for the coronavirus.The daily average hovered around 600 last week, as people increased their activities due to the hot weather.

South Korea added nine more deaths, for a total of 1,874, according to the KDCA.The death rate of the virus reached 1.47 percent.

The country plans to vaccinate 13 million people by June and 36 million by September, in order to achieve herd immunity in November.

The health authorities indicated that approximately 8.95 million people between 60 and 74 years of age will receive the vaccines in the coming weeks.

Starting May 27, people ages 65 to 74 will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.People ages 60 to 65 will receive the same vaccine starting June 7.

A total of 3,674,682 people have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 11,931 inoculated the day before, since the national vaccination program began on February 26.The figure represents 7.2 percent of the country’s population.

2,014,012 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,660,670 with the Pfizer vaccine.

The KDCA said 501,539 people have received the full regimen of the vaccine, including 27,546 people who received the second dose the day before.

A total of 19,631 cases of vaccine side effects were reported, which represents an increase of 237 cases compared to the previous day, although 96.4 percent of the cases only presented mild symptoms.

A total of 95 deaths have been confirmed after receiving the vaccine, although the health authorities indicated that the exact causes of the deaths are unknown, since they could not determine the causality, the health authorities indicated.

Among the new cases of local transmission, 346 were registered in the capital area: 191 in Seoul, 144 in Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the South Korean capital, and 11 in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of the capital.

The southern port city of Busan, the second largest city in the country, reported 10 additional cases.

42 imported cases were reported, which represents an increase of 13 compared to the previous day, 12 of which were from India and as many from Singapore.

Health authorities are closely monitoring variants of COVID-19 from abroad, which are believed to be more contagious.

The number of patients with severe symptoms nationwide stood at 160, a decrease of five compared to the previous day, the KDCA said.

The total number of people discharged from quarantine, after fully recovering, was 117,423, registering an increase of 542 compared to the previous day, while 8,012 people are isolated for the treatment of COVID-19, which means an increase of 13 compared to the previous day.

South Korea has conducted 9,105,771 COVID-19 tests, including 16,605 conducted the day before.

Daily cases, collected by health authorities and local governments, are counted until midnight and announced the next day in the morning.

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