New cases spike to over 1,700; almost 40% of population gets 1st jabs
NATIONALMasked visitors walk along a beach in Incheon, west of Seoul, on Tuesday.
(Yonhap)South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases sharply bounced back to the 1,700s on Wednesday as the highly transmissible delta variant weighs on the country's virus fight during the summer vacation season.The country added 1,725 COVID-19 cases, including 1,664 local infections, raising the total caseload to 203,926, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).The latest tally marked a sharp rise from 1,218 cases Monday and 1,200 cases Tuesday.Daily cases usually fall over the weekend and rise later in the week as more people get tested.The daily caseload has remained above 1,000 since July 7 due to outbreaks centered in the greater Seoul area.
It reached a peak of 1,895 on July 28.Two additional COVID-19 deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,106.
There have been 439 deaths following vaccination.Of the newly confirmed domestic cases, 479 were from Seoul, 474 from the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and 83 from the western port city of Incheon.Imported cases, which also include South Korean nationals from overseas, came to 61.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries was 179,123, up 1,214 from a day earlier.The number of patients in critical condition came to 329, down two from the previous day.