On Friday, South Korea President Moon Jae-in said that Saturday and Sunday will become a watershed for the country’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 infections, emphasizing the more contagious delta variant.
Moon has requested for the people to prevent traveling or attending gatherings over the weekend.
“The spread of the delta variant is scary,” the president said through his accounts on social media. “But we cannot let our lives be swayed by the virus.”
He especially mentioned the “crossroads” this Saturday and Sunday on the country’s move to arrest the rising trend of cases.
He also aired his apologies for the public as the government is implementing the toughest social distancing restrictions, Yonhap News Agency reported.
While there was a little drop on recorded cases on Friday, new detected cases were seen to have probably spread because of the nearing summer holiday season and the surge of cases not only in the capital city but other regions as well.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said there had been 1, 536 new cases recorded with 1, 476 considered as local infections. This has pushed the total caseload of the county to 175, 046.
Deaths, meanwhile, were now at 1, 051 after one additional death was reported.
The country’s fatality rate is now at 1.17 percent.
Since Monday, the greater capital has been placed under the toughest social distancing protocol. Most of the regions as well were under stricter rules from Thursday.
The new outbreaks were mostly recorded in the broader Seoul area. However, the increase in cases were also observed outside the capital as reflected in the daily tally over the past week, Yonhap News Agency reported.
From 22.1 percent last week, the proportion of newly confirmed cases outside the capital has increased to 29.4 percent Thursday.