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number of new COVID-19 cases rose to 700 again in ten days, recording 744. Meanwhile, the primary vaccination rate has risen to 14.5% of the population.

Correspondent Jeong Seong-jin.

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number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which recorded 600 people for three days in a row, exceeded 700 again yesterday.

Excluding 19 cases from overseas, 725 cases were counted in Korea.

It is the first time in 22 days since the 14th of last month that the number of domestic cases alone exceeded 700.

The proportion of patients in the metropolitan area is still high at 68%, and the number of infections is increasing in non-metropolitan areas such as Daegu, Daejeon, and Jeju, and the spread is increasing.

In the metropolitan area, 16 people related to the day care center in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do and 14 people related to restaurants in Dongjak-gu, Seoul were newly confirmed.

In Daegu, which has been upgraded to the second stage of social distancing from today, sporadic group infections continue from meat processing companies and public institutions.

In Jeju, 13 people related to entertainment bars and 12 people related to live cafes in Daejeon were also confirmed.

[Jeong Eun-kyung/Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Yesterday): The epidemic continues in the metropolitan area, and collective infections including mutated viruses continue to occur in Daegu and Jeju.]

Vaccination is proceeding smoothly.

Yesterday, 400,000 people received the booster dose, and about 360,000 of them were the first dose.

The number of cumulative primary vaccinations has increased to about 7.45 million, which is 14.5% of the population.

As the AstraZeneca vaccination begins on the 7th for seniors aged 60 to 64, the number of recipients is expected to increase.