South Korea registers record number of imported Covid-19 cases

Seoul, Jul 25 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday registered 86 fresh cases of the new coronavirus among travelers arriving in the country, most of them from Iraq and Russia, marking the highest daily number of imported infections so far.

Along with fresh cases of the disease registered among locals, the total number of fresh cases registered within the last 24 hours climbed to 113, the highest in three months, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Local cases have risen gradually in recent days due to hotspots detected in the Seoul metropolitan area inside an elderly care home, churches and a military base, demonstrating the obstacles in containing the new coronavirus in the country, even though its pandemic response has been considered among the best in the world.

Currently the biggest problem for South Korea is the surge in imported cases, which has coincided with the return of a large number of migrant workers.

In terms of source countries, Iraq and Russia have accounted for the biggest number of fresh Covid-19 cases among people returning to South Korea, with more than 30 patients arriving from each nation.

South Korean nationals form the majority – 66.5 percent – of the total 2,244 imported cases of the disease so far, according to KCDC data.

In order to check the arrival of infected persons, South Korean authorities have designated six Asian countries – the Philippines, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – as high-risk countries, whose citizens are required to carry a medical certificate of having tested negative for the virus in order to enter South Korea.

Seoul also imposes a 14-day mandatory quarantine measure on all travelers, including South Korean citizens, arriving in the country, which has never sealed its borders completely since the beginning of the pandemic.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country has climbed to 14,092, while 298 people have died of the disease so far, amounting to a case fatality rate of 2.11 percent. EFE-EPA


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