October 28, 2021 09:04
Coronavirus infections are rising again as Korea braces for a phased return to normal starting on Nov. 1.
Tuesday's tally was 1,952 new cases, up 686 from the previous day, and the Seoul metropolitan area accounted for most of them.
Health and Welfare Minister Kwon Deok-chul said Wednesday, "We must remain vigilant to ensure a smooth return to normal." Another government official said, "People are increasing their activities in anticipation of a return to normal and the colder weather is bringing more people indoors where there is inadequate ventilation."
Health authorities are bracing for another surge this weekend as many gather to celebrate Halloween.
But the government is sticking to its plan. "We intend to pursue a phased return to normal as long as the medical system is capable of handling serious cases even if the number of infections rise," a health official said. "Once infections start to go beyond the level we can handle, we will immediately switch to emergency mode."
The daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 2,111 as of Thursday morning, over 2,000 again for the first time in about three weeks.
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