Seoul, 26 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – South Korea on Thursday reported 583 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily increase in eight months, in what authorities called a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of the new infections were recorded in Seoul, where there were 208, and the surrounding Gyeonggi province, which registered 177, according to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Thirty were imported cases.
The number of new infections in South Korea had not passed the 500 mark since March 6, when the KCDC reported 518 new cases.
The country’s total caseload now stands at 32,318. Two more people also died, bringing the death toll to 515.
“We are now in a situation where virus outbreaks can happen at any place we live in,” Health Minister Park Neung Hoo said, as cited by news agency Yonhap.
“With the third wave of infections bulking up its size and pace, we must strictly follow social distancing rules.”
South Korea last week reintroduced restrictions in the capital region of Seoul and parts of the north-eastern province of Gangwon due to a renewed rise in infections.
The country of 52 million people was widely praised for its virus response earlier this year and has so far avoided a large-scale lockdown.