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SSouth Korea saw a sharp rise in its coronavirus cases on Wednesday as it struggled to bring its fourth wave of infections under control amid the spread of new strains of viral variants.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 1,725 cases for Tuesday, up more than 500 from the previous day as more tests were carried out after the weekend.
The total number of infections rose to 203,926, with 2,106 deaths.
The daily tally hit a new high of 1,895 last week, fueled in part by the more contagious delta variant, with the fourth wave of Covid-19 showing little sign of abating.
Health officials feared people traveled about 6.4% more last week compared to the previous week, about 34% more than at the start of January, in areas beyond the capital Seoul and its neighboring areas, mainly for summer vacation.
“Movements in these areas have increased for three consecutive weeks,” senior health official Lee Gi-il told a briefing. “There is fatigue from long periods of estrangement, and it is a summer vacation season.”
The government tightened social distancing restrictions last week across most of the country for two weeks before the peak summer vacation period.