South Korea reported 313 new daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest number since late August, as cluster infections continued to emerge from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings, underlining concerns that the country is facing another wave of the virus.
The country confirmed daily cases of more than 200 for five days in a row and exceeded 300 for the first time since August 29, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
The government has already announced that physical-distancing measures in the greater Seoul area will be tightened from Thursday in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
“We’re in a crisis where there are pessimistic views that predict another nationwide transmission,” Vice Health Minister Kang Do-tae told a meeting.
“Infections are now occurring simultaneously in every corner of our society, real-life situations, unlike the past when there were large outbreaks from a specific place or group.”
Of the new cases, 245 were locally transmitted and 68 imported. Nearly 74 per cent of domestic infections came from the greater Seoul area, home to about half the country’s 52 million people.