South Korea reported 9-hundred-67 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, falling below a thousand for the first time in three days.
Of the additional cases, 940 were locally transmitted, while 27 were from overseas.
This now brings the nation’s total number of cases to over 60-thousand.
Concerns are also rising over the recent uptick in the number of deaths.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, 21 more fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 9-hundred.
Meanwhile, the number of critically ill patients remains above 3-hundred.
Infections have mostly been concentrated in the greater Seoul area, accounting for about 70 percent of all confirmed cases.
The capital again reported the MOST cases with 3-hundred-65 followed by 2-hundred-19 in Gyeonggi-do Province.
Cluster infections continue to appear at long-term care hospitals and religious facilities.
A total of 17 nursing homes have been hit with mass virus outbreaks, including one in Seoul’s Guro-gu District and another in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do Province both of which have more than a hundred cases linked to them.
Health authorities have vowed to strengthen their response against the virus, announcing plans to start vaccinations in the first quarter of 2021.
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“The COVID-19 treatment made by S. Korea is under review and we are signing contracts to purchase vaccines developed abroad. Inoculations will begin as early as February.”
The Prime Minister added that Korean-made vaccines will be available by the end of next year.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.