South Korea reported its highest daily figure yesterday and higher average weekly cases since January, forcing the government to consider implementing more restrictive measures to curb a potential fourth wave of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun reiterated warnings on Thursday that new social distancing rules would likely be needed to control the spread.
Prime Minister also told a government meeting a new wave of infections could disrupt South Korea’s vaccination programme which has been suffering delays as the international vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX struggles to provide promised doses on time.
Officials have said that a new round of restrictions are likely to be announced as soon as Friday. South Korea currently limits private gatherings of more than four people.
South Korea has to date reported 107,598 infections in total, with 1,758 deaths.