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The average number of new COVID-19 cases per day in South Korea increased by more than ten percent last week compared to the previous week, as the country prepares to introduce a new social distancing system with relaxed restrictions.

According to the central disaster relief and security headquarters on Sunday, the country reported an average of 491 point six new cases a day last week, up 47 or ten point six percent from the previous week.

The average daily number of new infections in people over 60, however, fell by ten to 67 points a year from the previous week, thanks to the ongoing vaccination program.

The country’s virus reproduction rate edged up to 99 point last week, from 88 point the week before.

Son Young-rae, a senior health ministry official, said on Sunday that the number of critically ill patients was declining as part of the vaccination program, but that the country had not yet vaccinated enough people to fully contain the virus.

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