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South Korea’s number of cases of unknown infection has increased. Moon Jae-in: We can’t take it lightly.

South Korea's number of cases of unknown infection has increased. Moon Jae-in: We can't take it lightly.

Infographic: Medical staff test citizens for COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea.

April 12 – South Korea’s Central Anti-epidemic Response Headquarters said that 28.2% of the newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from April 4 to 10, the cases with unknown infection route accounted for 28.2%, which is far higher than 13% in November 2020 (the early stage of the third pandemic), and the epidemic spread situation Worrying.

The epidemic prevention department said that the accumulation of mild and asymptomatic “potentially infected people”, coupled with the increase of travel and religious activities in spring, the number of cases of mutant virus infection with enhanced transmission is increasing, and the risk of transmission and the burden of prevention and control are increasing day by day.

At the same time, the epidemic outside the capital circle is also spreading. Especially since the lifting of the business hours limit on entertainment places outside the capital circle on February 15, the number of confirmed cases infected through public facilities and other means has increased significantly.

The epidemic prevention department stressed that the current epidemic prevention and control situation is very serious and is at the crossroads to the epidemic, and calls on citizens to abide by social distancing, compulsory wearing masks and epidemic prevention codes for high-risk facilities.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during the epidemic prevention work conference in Qingwatai on the 12th that the recent epidemic situation is serious. If taken lightly, a large-scale epidemic may occur, and the level of social distancing epidemic prevention response measures will have to be raised.

Moon Jae-in said that the number of confirmed cases is still increasing amid the increase in the number of vaccinations worldwide, which is worrying. The top priority of epidemic prevention is to find a wide range of potential sources of infection. Relevant departments should try their best to expand the scope of testing and carry out testing more actively. He stressed that violations of the epidemic prevention code must be seriously dealt with in accordance with the principle of zero tolerance.

Moon Jae-in said that most countries are in trouble due to shortage of global vaccine production and other reasons. South Korea is taking a multifaceted response to reduce the uncertainty of vaccine supply. The government will introduce 20 million doses of vaccines by the third quarter, and it will do its best to achieve the goal of herd immunity in November ahead of schedule.

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