South Korea reports 1,842 new COVID-19 cases, largest daily increase -KDCA
SEOUL, July 22 (Reuters) – South Korea on Thursday reported another daily record of 1,842 coronavirus cases, as it struggles to bring its worst wave of outbreaks under control amid rising HIV infections. nationwide fueled by the more contagious variant of the Delta.
The latest figures include 270 sailors on a Navy anti-piracy destroyer patrolling the waters off Africa who were repatriated on Tuesday after being infected with COVID-19.
Authorities plan to expand restrictions on the capital Seoul and neighboring areas last week, as small clusters continue to emerge nationwide.
Some 64.3% of the 1,533 nationally transmitted cases were from areas beyond the greater Seoul area, the highest level since the country’s first wave of COVID-19 broke out at a church in the Daegu city in the southeast.
Figures for the Seoul metropolitan area fell slightly by more than 80% following restrictions such as banning gatherings of more than two people after 6 p.m.
The total number of infections in South Korea has risen to 184,103 cases with 2,063 deaths, according to KDCA data.
Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Tom Hogue and Michael Perry
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