COVID-19 TALLY IN S. KOREA LOGS SECOND HIGHEST DAILY
As a survey underscored growing public dissatisfaction with President Moon Jae-in’s handling of the latest wave of infections hitting the country, South Korea reported its second-highest daily tally of coronavirus cases.
From a poll by research firm Realmeter published on Wednesday, six in ten South Koreans believe urgency should be prioritized over safety when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and that inoculations should begin as soon as possible given the rapid surge in new cases.
The government has been lambasted by the domestic media on it’s approach to securing vaccines as too relaxed and overly reliant on domestic vaccines which will take more time than overseas options.
Thus prompted Moon’s office on Tuesday to issue a statement that a public inoculation program would “not begin too late”.
It has previously said vaccinations could start as early as February.
South Korea had 1,092 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the national tally to 52,550, with 739 deaths, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. The record of 1,097 cases was logged on Sunday.
South Korea’s aggressive tracing and testing early in the pandemic had made the country a global success story but the recent surge in cases has confounded efforts to contain the virus.
Seoul and its surrounding areas have banned gatherings of more than four people from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, and both restaurant owners and patrons may face up to 3 million won ($2,700) in fines for violation of the order.