South Korea reports 1,842 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily increase

South Korea reports 1,842 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily increase

FILE PHOTO: People wait in line for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site which i
People wait in line for a COVID-19 test at a testing site which is temporarily set up at a public health centre in Seoul, South Korea, on Jul 9, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Heo Ran)

SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday (Jul 22) reported another daily record of 1,842 COVID-19 cases, as it struggles to tame its worst-ever wave of outbreaks amid rising infections nationwide fuelled by the more contagious Delta variant.

The latest numbers include 270 sailors on an anti-piracy navy destroyer patrolling the waters off Africa who were flown home on Tuesday after being infected with COVID-19.

Authorities are considering expanding the restrictions imposed for the capital Seoul and neighbouring areas last week, as small clusters continue to emerge nationwide.

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About 64.3 per cent of the 1,533 domestically transmitted cases came from regions beyond the greater Seoul area, the highest level since the country's first COVID-19 wave erupted from a church in the southeastern city of Daegu.

The numbers for the Seoul metropolitan area have slightly dropped from more than 80 per cent, following restrictions such as a ban on gatherings of more than two people after 6pm.

South Korea's total infections rose to 184,103 cases with 2,063 deaths, KDCA data showed.

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Source: Reuters/mi