South Korea (South Korea) recorded a record daily infection cases of Covid-19; the most since last January. The Ginseng country reported an additional 2;223 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (11/08/2021). Thus; the total number of Covid-19 cases in South Korea since the start of the pandemic has reached 216;206. World Health Organization warns Coronavirus disease situation dashboard presents official daily counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide.
President Moon Jae-in said that the increase in cases was very concerning and called for continued cooperation from residents and health officials.
“(We) are in a critical period that could be a turning point for further increases in infections if we fail to stop the current spread;” Moon said; according to his spokesman.
Meanwhile; Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said the number was triggered by the delta variant of the coronavirus and an increase in domestic travel during the summer. Not only that; “silent spreaders” are also the cause of the increase in infection cases.
According to Kwon; “silent spreaders” are those who were exposed to Covid-19 but did not inform the relevant parties. They appear in communities such as workplaces; indoor gyms; churches and nursing homes. This leads to an increase in infections of unknown origin.
In addition; nearly half of these newly detected cases were found outside of Seoul and in summer vacation locations. Authorities worry that many people are ignoring social distancing rules while on vacation.
As a result of this phenomenon; Kwon strongly urges people returning from vacation to voluntarily undergo a test before returning to work.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 2;135 deaths on the same day. KDCA officials said the continuation of infections at the current pace could put a strain on South Korea’s health care system.
Only 15.7% of South Korea’s 52 million people have been fully vaccinated; while 42.1% have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The government’s target is that 70% have received at least one dose by September.