• S. Korea Reports 395 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 More Deaths
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South Korea has reported 395 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional virus-related fatalities.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday that 351 local and 44 imported infections were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative case count to 151,901.

The death toll reached 2,006.

As social distancing rules are set to be eased next month, allowing businesses to stay open longer and gatherings of more people, health authorities remain concerned about the spread of coronavirus variants.

KDCA Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong earlier said they are closely monitoring the situation when it comes to the Delta variant and there is a need to strengthen quarantine measures against it.

The country has yet to report a large number of cases involving the more contagious variant, which other countries, such as Britain and the United States, have been struggling to contain.

The government has assured the smooth delivery of vaccines in the third quarter as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

More than 15 million people, or over 29 percent of the country's 52 million population, have so far received their first shot of a vaccine.

Four million people have been fully inoculated.

The aim is to vaccinate 36 million with at least one shot by September to achieve herd immunity in November.

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