COVID Infections Increase Among Younger Koreans

  • By Lee Joon-woo

    July 02, 2021 09:56

    Lockdown fatigue has led to more coronavirus infections among people in their 20s and 30s.

    According to health authorities on Thursday, 50 people in their 20s and 48 in their 30s tested positive on June 20, accounting for 14 percent and 13.5 percent of new infections. But the numbers jumped to 171 and 156 on June 30 or 22.4 percent and 20.5 percent.

    Most of these young patients have not yet been vaccinated.

    New infections among over-60s, most of whom have already been given their first jab, are going down. The daily number stood at more than 100 in April but dropped to about 40-50 recently. Only about a dozen new cases occur among over-70s.

    People wait to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Daegu on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    Overall, more than 700 new cases a day were logged since early this week, most of them in the capital region. The daily tally surged again to 826 as of Friday morning.

    The surge has already led to the extension of lockdown by another week in the metropolitan area, and health authorities warned this is a critical moment in stemming new mass infections.

    Meanwhile, another 29 people were found on Thursday to have been infected by foreign English teachers who had socialized in a pub in Seoul's trendy Hongik University area, bringing the total in this cluster to 242 as they ended up spreading the virus to students and their families. Authorities believe that all of them were infected with the Delta variant.

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