Officials in South Korea Wednesday reported 3,187 new COVID-19 cases, only the second time the daily rate has topped 3,000, less than three weeks after easing social distancing measures nationwide.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency also reported a record 522 people hospitalized with moderate to severe cases, breaking the record set just one day before.
The country’s death toll is now 3,158, after 21 deaths were reported on Wednesday, the 16th consecutive day of double-digit fatalities, including a record 32 on Saturday.
The latest surge comes just 17 days after the government began rolling back restrictions, allowing larger social gatherings and expanding indoor dining. The nation has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with just under 80% of the population fully vaccinated…