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South Korea sees drop in COVID-19 transmissions after jump

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A medical worker in a booth takes a nasal sample from a woman during coronavirus testing at a makeshift testing site in Seoul
A medical worker in a booth takes a nasal sample from a woman during coronavirus testing at a makeshift testing site in Seoul   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
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South Korean officials are expressing cautious hope that COVID-19 transmissions are beginning to slow, after battling the country’s worst wave of infections for weeks.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday reported the country’s lowest daily jump in about two weeks at 1,372 cases.

Officials have been enforcing the strongest social distancing restrictions short of a lockdown in the capital of Seoul and other large population centres, including banning private social gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m.

A senior health ministry official pleaded for citizens to remain vigilant ahead of next month’s Chuseok holidays when millions usually travel across the country to meet relatives.

Less than 30% of South Korea’s population have been fully vaccinated.

South Korea has reported over 250,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 2,285 deaths.