November 18, 2020 12:08
Coronavirus infections are spreading to younger people across the country after being mostly confined to the elderly in Seoul and the metropolitan area for a while.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, out of 657 cases reported between Oct. 17 and 23, nearly half of them or 310 cases were those under 40s. The KDCA attributed the surge among the youngsters to an increase in get-togethers as social distancing was eased.
With infections rising in recent days, another 313 new cases were added to the daily tally on Wednesday morning, surpassing 300 for the first time since late August.
Kwon Joon-wook, the deputy chief of the KDCA, said, "We face another crisis and stand at a crossroads of a nationwide second wave. Infections seem to be spreading quietly among the young and elderly."
"People-to-people contact will obviously increase the infection risk as people gather to eat and drink together over Christmas and the New Year and they spend more time in enclosed spaces," KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong said.
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