People sit spaced out from each other as they wait to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Heungguk Gymnasium in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, on Feb. 26, 2021. (Photo: Yonhap News)
South Korea reported another day of over 400 new coronavirus cases Friday as health authorities began administering the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country while battling cluster outbreaks.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, 406 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, including 382 local infections and 24 imported from abroad, raising the total caseload to 88,922.
Four more COVID-related fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,585.
The KDCA said the number of seriously or critically ill coronavirus patients stayed unchanged at 144, while the overall recovery figure reached 79,880, with 7,457 people still in isolation for treatment.
The government launched its mass vaccination program early Friday with the hope of attaining herd immunity by November.
Meanwhile, social distancing and other health measures will continue to be implemented to stem the spread of infections.
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