South Korea posted a sharp increase in its coronavirus cases on Wednesday as it struggled to tame its fourth wave of infections amid the spread of new virus variants strains.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 1,725 cases for Tuesday, up by more than 500 from a day before, as more tests were conducted after the weekend.
Total infections rose to 203,926, with 2,106 deaths.
The daily tally hit a new high of 1,895 last week, partly fuelled by the more contagious delta variant, with the fourth Covid-19 wave showing little signs of subsiding.
Health authorities were concerned that people travelled about 6.4 per cent more last week compared with the week before, or about 34 per cent more than in early January, in the regions beyond the capital Seoul and its neighbouring areas, largely for summer vacations.
“The movements in those regions have been increasing for three consecutive weeks,” senior health official Lee Gi-il told a briefing. “There is fatigue from long periods of distancing, and it’s a summer vacation season.”
The government tightened social distancing curbs last week across most of the country for two weeks ahead of the peak summer holiday period.