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S. Korea's concern over COVID-19 resurgence grows as daily cases increase Updated: 2022-07-04 19:02:01 KST

The nation's daily COVID-19 tally reached the highest for a Monday in six weeks. Some fear the figures could rise back to concerning levels but there's been little to no talk on reimposing stricter measures. Choi Min-jung has the details. South Korea is witnessing yet another upward trend in COVID-19 infections. On Monday, the country reported over 6-thousand 2-hundred new cases. It's a jump of more than 2-thousand 8-hundred compared to the same day last week and isthe highest Monday figure in six weeks. Over the weekend,.. the country's daily tally surpassed 10-thousand for two days in a row. Usually, the figure for this period drops, as fewer people get tested over the weekend. But these figures signal a change in the trend. And with cases increasing, concerns are mounting over the possibility of another surge. "The number of infections will increase continuously until winter. Given that the BA.4 or BA.5 strain becomes dominant, we predict at least 150-thousand to 200-thousand cases will be reported daily. It's possible to see another large-scale infection like we did when the Delta variant was dominant." The authorities say there are numerous reasons behind the latest surge. "We believe increased indoor activities and people traveling during summer, waning effectiveness of vaccinations, and new strains of COVID-19,.. are the main causes." The number of imported cases is also on the rise. Pundits say this is mainly because more people are traveling across borders with eased travel restrictions. In preparation for a potential surge this coming fall,.. health authorities are gearing up to closely monitor the country's medical system,.. and ensure there are enough hospital beds for those who need them. Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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