lørdag 10. juli 2021

Seoul heads for lockdown as infections spiral in South Korea

South Korea posted its highest ever number of new daily Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has said, in a third consecutive day of record high new infections. Starting on Monday, coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time.

The country reported 1,378 new Covid-19 cases as of midnight on Friday, up from Thursday’s record of 1,316. South Korea has so far fared better than many industrialised nations in infections and deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.22% and the number of severe cases at 148 as of Friday, which is much lower than the previous peak in late December. However the rising trend has prompted a warning that new case numbers may nearly double by the end of July.