August 11, 2021 10:22
Daily new coronavirus infections in the country have crossed the 2,000 mark for the first time since the disease broke out in January last year.
The daily tally hit 2,219 as of Wednesday morning, setting a new record for Korea.
More than 1,000 new infections have been counted for 36 days.
The spike came amid news that shipments of millions of doses of Moderna's vaccine have been delayed yet again and the government was forced to extend the interval between jabs, setting Korea's glacially slow inoculation efforts back even further.
Health authorities are also faced with the realization that lockdown appears to be having no significant effect in curbing infections, which is dawning on governments the world over.
Some 65 percent of the new cases occurred in the capital region -- 661 in Seoul, 666 in Gyeonggi Province and 112 in Incheon.
Last month, the government expressed hope that infections would dwindle if lockdown was tightened for a short period, but that has not happened. At the time, experts warned that the new surge of the pandemic would probably peak in early August.
"People are tired of the government's constant stopgap quarantine measures and its failure to procure enough vaccines on time," said Ma Sang-hyuk of the Korean Vaccine Society. "We need to review the overall quarantine system and finish vaccinations as soon as possible."
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