New cases remain above 1,000 and Seoul sees 420
Korea added 1,014 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, the second day in a row that daily figures were above 1,000. Among them, 420 were in Seoul, the first time the capital saw more than 400 new cases in a day.
The death toll Wednesday was 22, also the highest ever.
Nationwide, there were 1,030 new cases counted Saturday, 718 Sunday, 880 Monday and 1,078 Tuesday. Tuesday’s number is Korea’s all-time high.
Of Wednesday’s total cases, 993 were domestic infections, mostly in the greater Seoul area. On top of Seoul's 420 cases, there were 284 in Gyeonggi and 80 in Incheon, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) Thursday morning.
Among the rest, 44 people tested positive in Busan, 30 in South Gyeongsang, 20 in Daegu, 19 in North Chungcheong, 18 in North Jeolla, 17 in South Chungcheong, 12 on Jeju Island, 11 in Daejeon, 10 each in Gwangju and Ulsan, and nine each in Gangwon and North Gyeongsang.
All 17 major cities and provinces added a new case except for Sejong City and South Jeolla.
The remaining 21 cases were imported — seven from the United States, four from Indonesia, two from Sweden and one each from the Philippines, Russia, India, Germany, Belarus, Hungary, Algeria and Tunisia.
A total of 634 patients had died as of Wednesday at midnight, while 33,610 people had recovered. Korea has counted 46,453 Covid-19 cases in all.
BY LEE SUNG-EUN [firstname.lastname@example.org]