The new daily cases of coronavirus in South Korea remained above 600 infections for the fourth consecutive year this Sunday as health officials continue to detect sporadic outbreaks across the country, now embroiled in the fourth wave of the pandemic.
According to the Korea Disease Prevention and Control Agency (KDCA), the country has reported 672 more cases of COVID-19, including 649 local infections, up to 114,115 infections since the crisis began. Three more people have also died, bringing the death toll to 1,797.
Authorities have warned the population in the past few days of an increase in group infections recorded in public places such as sports facilities, churches, karaoke rooms, restaurants, workplaces and schools, and have warned they could tighten restrictions if the Falls don’t fall off.
These infections are spreading across the country. For example, the number of cases attributed to an entertainment bar in the port city of Busan rose to 480, four more than before, while a church in Dangjin, South Chungcheong province added a total of four new patients, South Korean official Yonhap news agency.
It is worth remembering that the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 52 million people, is subject to the Level 2 distancing scheme, the third highest in the five-phase system. The rest of the country is below Level 1.5, with the exception of a few municipalities that have adopted Level 2 measures.