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S. Korea's daily COVID-19 tally hits all-time high on Wed. with 1,896 cases Updated: 2021-07-28 17:06:35 KST

South Korea on Wednesday reported 1-thousand 8-hundred 96 new cases of COVID-19, marking yet another all-time high.
All but 73 of Wednesday's cases were locally transmitted.
This is the first time for local transmissions to surpass 1-thousand 800.
The capital region hasn't seen any significant drop in the number of infections since being put under the highest level of social distancing restrictions earlier this month.

"It's been two weeks since social distancing level four was implemented in the metropolitan area. While monitoring the effects of the measures, we may have to review whether stronger restrictions are needed."

Concerns are also growing in other parts of the country.
Over the past week, one in three new infections were reported outside the greater Seoul area.

Health experts warned that with the holiday season due to end in the coming days, the number of infections will likely peak in early to mid-August, even reaching 2-thousand 5-hundred cases a day.

Health authorities are also on high alert due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
Last week, the Delta strain made up 51-percent of new infections, and 88 percent of the country's new variant cases.
As South Korea is well into the fourth wave of the pandemic with the spread of this variant, studies show that it is important to refrain from lifting restrictions prematurely.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School have found that more infections could lead to the formation of new variants that are more resistant to vaccines.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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