SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea on Thursday (July 22) reported another daily record of 1,842 new coronavirus cases, as it struggles to tame its worst-ever wave of outbreaks amid rising infections nationwide fuelled by the more contagious Delta variant.
The latest numbers include 270 sailors on an anti-piracy navy destroyer patrolling the waters off Africa who were flown home on Tuesday after being infected with Covid-19.
The authorities are considering expanding the restrictions imposed for Seoul and its neighbouring areas last week, as small clusters continue to emerge nationwide.
About 64 per cent of the 1,533 domestically transmitted cases came from regions beyond the greater Seoul area, the highest level since the country's first Covid-19 wave erupted from a church in the south-eastern city of Daegu.
The numbers for the Seoul metropolitan area have slightly dropped from more than 80 per cent following restrictions such as a ban on gatherings of more than two people after 6pm.
Authorities warned against another rally scheduled by the labour union on Friday in Wonju, southeast of Seoul, which could turn into a super spreader event, a Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) official told a briefing.
The union’s latest protest on July 3 drew as many as 8,000 participants, defying a government ban and shrugging off warnings. Three demonstrators have so far been tested positive, the official said.
South Korea's total infections rose to 184,103 cases, with 2,063 deaths, data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency showed.