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Delta variant cases account for almost all new variant cases in S. Korea

People stand in line to receive coronavirus tests at a screening clinic in Seoul's Songpa Ward on Monday, 2021. South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases fell below the 2,000s on the same day as fewer people took virus tests over the weekend. (Yonhap)
People stand in line to receive coronavirus tests at a screening clinic in Seoul's Songpa Ward on Monday, 2021. South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases fell below the 2,000s on the same day as fewer people took virus tests over the weekend. (Yonhap)
South Korea has confirmed 3,213 more cases of four major contagious variants of the new coronavirus over the past week, including 3,209 of the highly transmissible delta variant, health authorities said Wednesday.

The number of new delta variant cases accounted for 99.9 percent of new variant cases reported last week, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The tally indicates the delta variant is the dominant strain of coronavirus in South Korea, making it more difficult for health authorities to curb the spread of the disease.

The delta variant is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Seoul and its neighboring areas while showing signs of spreading much faster into the rest of the country.

Health authorities said the country will witness more cases of the variants down the road.

The rate of variant cases detected through gene analysis came to 99.5 percent over the past week, unchanged from a week earlier, the KDCA said.

The corresponding figure for the delta variant was 99.5 percent, also unchanged from a week earlier, according to the health authorities.

On Wednesday, South Korea reported 2,028 more COVID-19 cases, raising the total caseload to 323,379. (Yonhap)

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