South Korea reports highest daily jump in daily COVID-19 cases in 3 months

South Korea reports highest daily jump in daily COVID-19 cases in 3 months

FILE PHOTO: Commuters cross a zebra crossing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in S
FILE PHOTO: Commuters cross a zebra crossing, amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb 3, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji)

SEOUL: South Korea has recorded its highest daily jump in new COVID-19 infections in about three months, as officials urge the public to maintain vigilance.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday (Apr 14) it’s confirmed 731 new cases over the past 24 hours. 

They brought the country’s total to 111,419 with 1,782 deaths.

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The spike comes amid criticism of a slow vaccine rollout while people are increasingly venturing outdoors to take advantage of good weather.

Senior health official Yoon Taeho says an increased mobility last weekend was proof that South Korea’s public vigilance has loosened, and that elevating social distancing rules will be discussed in the next few days.

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Source: AP/ga

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