South Korea reports highest COVID-19 daily count amid fourth wave
South Korea on Wednesday reported 1,896 new COVID-19 cases for Tuesday, its highest-ever daily increase, as the country struggles to subdue a fourth wave of outbreaks fanned by the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
The daily tally broke a previous record set on
July 22 as infections are spreading beyond the
capital Seoul and its neighbouring regions where the toughest social distancing rules are in place.
There were 1,823 domestically transmitted
cases on Tuesday and 33.5%, or 611, of the were
from areas outside the capital regions, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). This is the first time the number of cases outside the Seoul metropolitan region has exceeded the 600 mark since the first COVID-19 wave emerged
from a church in the southeastern city of Daegu.
Tighter social distancing curbs took effect
across most of the country on Tuesday and will
last for two weeks. Those areas will be under
Level 3 curbs on a four-level scale, which will
mean a 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) dining curfew and
ban on gatherings of more than four people.
The tighter curbs were enacted to prevent the
further spread of the coronavirus during South
Korea’s peak summer holiday season.
The great Seoul area region remains under Level
4 curbs that include a ban on gatherings of more than two people after 6 p.m.