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    July 7, 20216:06 AM EDTLast Updated 3 hours ago
    Asia Pacific
    South Korea considers reimposing restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge
    Sangmi Cha


    S.Korea reports 1,212 new daily cases
    Movement restrictions extended in Seoul
    Officials warn tougher curbs could be reinstated
    Surge being fuelled by young and unvaccinated

    SEOUL, July 7 (Reuters) - South Korea reported its second highest number of daily new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, just days after it began easing social distancing restrictions in some parts of the country, buoyed by an accelerated vaccine rollout.

    With the majority of the 1,212 new cases as of midnight Tuesday coming from densely populated Seoul, officials extended movement curbs in the capital and surrounding regions for at least another week and are considering pushing restrictions back up to the highest level.

    According to Yonhap news agency, Wednesday's cases were also expected to top 1,000, with 1,010 already tallied by 6 p.m. (0900 GMT)...

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    South Korea COVID-19 vaccine rollout grinds to halt as new cases hit record high
    Sangmi Cha and Hyonhee Shin
    Published Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:02AM EDT

    SEOUL -- South Korea's rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to people aged 55-59 has stuttered to a week-long halt after a record high number of new cases sparked a rush for shots, exhausting available supplies and crashing an official reservation website.

    The halt in vaccination appointments for people in the upper 50s age bracket came late on Monday, the first day that inoculation bookings were opened to under-60s. Daily infections had risen to 1,440 by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the country's highest daily tally of the pandemic and an eighth straight day of more than 1,000 cases, Yonhap news agency reported.

    While South Korea is ahead of its schedule in vaccination targets, the pace has slowed sharply in recent weeks to around 30,000 doses a day from a peak of 850,000 earlier, as it finalizes shipment schedules to begin Moderna COVID-19 inoculations for people in their 50s.
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    "Due to strong demand, 1.85 million Moderna doses were fully booked and reservations for those who couldn't sign up will resume on July 19," the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said in a statement. A total of around 3.52 million people in the 55-59 age group were eligible to sign up, leaving 1.67 million still to reserve shots.

    Just about 11.6% of the country's 52 million population has completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for products requiring two doses, while 30.4% have received one dose, according to government data.


    • #3

      New curbs across most of S Korea as COVID cases hit record high
      Authorities extend social distancing rules outside the partially locked down Seoul area as COVID cases hit a new record.
      14 Jul 2021

      South Korean authorities have announced tighter coronavirus curbs in regions outside the capital, Seoul, as daily infections hit a new record and the country battles its worst-ever outbreak, spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant.

      Seoul and its neighbouring areas are already under the toughest Level 4 restrictions, which include a ban on gatherings of more than two people after 6pm. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the government would now tighten rules across most of the country, with the exception of some southern regions, to Level 2 on the four-level scale.

      Under the new restrictions, set to come into effect on Thursday, gatherings of more than eight people are banned, and restaurants and bars must close by midnight.

      Kim told an intra-agency COVID-19 meeting that the decision was reached as the number of “newly confirmed patients outside of the capital area was also on the rise”. While most of South Korea’s cases were still being recorded in and around the capital, the “average numbers of new cases from regions outside the Seoul metropolitan area have more than doubled from last week”, Kim said. He added that further curbs would be enforced in some high-risk areas.

      The latest restrictions come as daily cases in South Korea soared to a record high of 1,615, a figure that surpassed the previous record of 1,378 on July 9...


      • #4

        South Korea reports 1,600 new COVID cases, outbreak on military
        Sangmi Cha
        Publishing date:
        Jul 14, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 1 minute read •

        SEOUL — South Korea reported 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a slight drop from the record number the previous day, as it battles to contain an outbreak on board a military anti-piracy vessel operating overseas.

        The country tightened social distancing rules across most of the country on Wednesday, when it reported a record number of 1,615 infections, to tackle its worst-ever outbreak of coronavirus.

        Outbreaks had previously been largely centered in the capital Seoul and neighboring areas, but cases have spread to non-metropolitan areas, adding to worries about the highly contagious Delta variant and a slowing vaccine rollout.

        There has yet to be a significant increase in hospitalisations or deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.18% and the number of severe cases at 167 as of Wednesday, far below levels seen during the previous peak in late December...


        • #5

          The Latest: South Korea hits pandemic high for daily cases
          By The Associated Presstoday

          SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported a new daily high for coronavirus cases, putting pressure on authorities to extend their toughest distancing rules.

          The 1,784 cases confirmed in the previous 24-hour period is the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began. The new cases brought the country’s total to 182,265 cases, with 2,060 deaths from COVID-19...