South Korea logs second-highest daily coronavirus tally as criticism of government grows

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South Korea reported its second-highest daily tally of coronavirus cases. As a survey underscored growing public dissatisfaction with President Moon Jae-in’s handling of the most recent wave of infections hitting the country.

According to a poll by research firm Realmeter published on Wednesday, six in ten South Koreans believe they should prioritize urgency over safety when it involves COVID-19 vaccines. Which inoculations should begin as soon as possible given the rapid surge in new cases.

Public criticism

Domestic media has lambasted the government’s approach to securing vaccines as too relaxed. They are overly reliant on domestic vaccines, which is able to take longer than overseas options.

That prompted Moon’s office on Tuesday to issue an announcement that a public inoculation program would “not begin too late”. It’s 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. On Sunday there was a log that records of 1,097 cases.

South Korea’s aggressive tracing and testing early within the pandemic had made the country a worldwide success story. However, 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 confront to three million won ($2,700) in fines for violation of the order.

Authorities have also shut down all ski resorts and winter tourist spots. In a bid to prevent the spread during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun said on Wednesday that authorities have thus far secured around 8,000 of a targeted 10,000 additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients with the assistance of private hospitals.


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