WORLD South Korea reports highest jump in 3 months

WORLD

South Korea reports highest jump in 3 months

AP

14:18, April 14, 2021

South Korea has recorded its highest daily jump in new COVID-19 infections in about three months, as officials urge the public to maintain vigilance.

An elderly woman receives the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre as part of vaccinations for senior citizens over 75 years old, in Seoul on April 1, 2021.(Photo: AFP)

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday it's confirmed 731 new cases over the past 24 hours. They brought the country's total to 111,419 with 1,782 deaths.

The spike comes amid criticism of a slow vaccine rollout while people are increasingly venturing outdoors to take advantage of good weather.

Senior health official Yoon Taeho says an increased mobility last weekend was proof that South Korea's public vigilance has loosened, and that elevating social distancing rules will be discussed in the next few days.

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