The Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCA) reported 631 new cases as of midnight Saturday – the highest daily peak since February and early March – bringing the country’s total to 37,546, with 545 deaths.
A new wave of infections has raised the number of active cases in South Korea to a record 7,873, according to the CDCA, raising concerns about declining hospital beds.
Many of the recent cases centered on Seoul, which on Saturday launched an unprecedented curfew, closing most establishments and shops at 9pm (1200 GMT) in two weeks and reducing public transport operations by 30% overnight.
Measures on Sunday will ban gatherings of 50 or more people, and stricter restrictions on attending religious gatherings and school hours will be imposed, while businesses such as gyms and karaoke bars will face new restrictions, Yonhap said.
The increased curbs will last at least three weeks, until the end of the month, News1 news agency reported.