South Korea's daily new COVID cases cross 200 for first time since Sept.
September 30, 2022
Asia

South Korea’s daily new COVID cases cross 200 for first time since Sept.

SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA) – As of Friday midnight, South Korea recorded as many as 205 new coronavirus infections. It is for the first time that cases have crossed the 200 mark since September, said the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) on Saturday.

Of the new infections, 166 were local transmissions and 39 were imported. More than 65% of the locally transmitted cases were from the capital and Gyeonggi province, which is thickly populated.

On Friday, when the nation recorded 191 new cases, authorities started imposing fines on people who do not wear face masks in public. The number of daily infections is on the rise.

President Moon Jae-in exhorted authorities and local governments to promote awareness about the spread of the pandemic and the necessity to wear face masks.

“As we are the point where there are increased travel and meetings, it would be difficult to maintain the current quarantine stage” of the nation’s social-distancing scheme, Moon said in a Facebook post.

“If we lower our guard and disregard quarantine measures, our jobs and daily lives would be put at risk and greater damage and suffering may come,” Moon added.

Senior KDCA official Lim Sook-young said in a media briefing that the country was moving closer to tightening social distancing.

The average confirmed daily new infections stood at 122.4 this week, climbing from 88.7 last week. It was 75.3 in the fourth week of October, said KDCA.

Yonhap said on Saturday that four soccer players and one staff tested positive for the virus although no one exhibited any symptoms.

With the latest rise in the number of infections, the tally stands at 28,338 and the fatalities stand at 492, said KDCA.

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