The unvaccinated younger individuals are reportedly the driving factor of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in South Korea.
Several countries are now experiencing a new wave of coronavirus infections due to the Delta variant. One of these is South Korea, wherein only ten percent of the total population has received complete vaccination.
The country was already easing its restrictions, especially in some parts and regions. This came after the continued decrease of daily COVID-19 cases and increase of vaccine rollout.
But, the tune changed, particularly on Wednesday, when the country reached its highest daily infections in months. Officials have decided to extend curbs on movements outdoors.
They are even considering reimposing stricter measures, especially if the surge of cases persists, according to Reuters.
Movement curbs to stricter restrictions in South Korea
On July 1, South Korea started to ease social distancing measures across the country. Following the case surge, though, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum noted that they will extend the protocols for the next few days.
Speaking in a response meeting on July 7, the leader added that they will monitor the country’s situation for two to three days. But, if things get out of control within this time frame, she said that it might leave them with “no choice but to impose the strictest of all social distancing levels.”
The recent surge of COVID-19 transmissions comes as the fourth wave of the pandemic hits South Korea. Reports said that the Delta variant has fuelled it, considering that it is the most transmissible strain among all.
Highest daily COVID-19 cases in months
All the talks about the reimposing of stricter measures come as the country reaches its second-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday at midnight, the ending tally is 1,212.
Reports recalled that the highest daily coronavirus infection was in December 2020. This was the time when South Korea was battling the peak of a third wave of the pandemic.
The same outlet continued that the majority (85 percent) of the cases are from the capital, Seoul. This is where half of the total population currently resides.
During the same day, President Moon Jae-in mobilized the military to “aid wider contact tracing” across the country. He also “urged authorities to open additional testing centers,” as per his spokeswoman, Park Kyung-mee.
Transmissions among unvaccinated individuals
The current wave of the pandemic in the country appears to impact the unvaccinated individuals the most. The Prime Minister noted in her statements that the virus was “spreading rapidly” among them, especially young adults in their 20s and 30s.
Health experts, later on, pointed fingers at the “relaxation of measures” in South Korea. This reportedly led to “public complacency,” especially among “socially mobile younger people in the capital.”
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