South Korea announced another record daily count of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, surpassing 2,000 cases for the first time.
The confirmation of 2,223 new cases in a single day comes as the government attempts to contain the spread of the extremely infectious Delta strain through the most stringent restrictions imposed so far during the pandemic.
On July 7, South Korea reported a four-digit daily increase during the most recent wave and has subsequently verified over 1,000 new cases every day.
Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol on Wednesday urged people to stay at home over the holiday break around Liberation Day on Friday.
Deok-cheol said that “in our fight against COVID-19, we are entering a new phase, a new crisis.”
According to health officials, more than 1,400 of the 2,223 new cases are in the Seoul metropolitan area.
South Korea has administered the first doses of coronavirus vaccine to 42% of a population of more than 51 million so far.
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