South Korea reports second-highest Covid-19 count ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

23/1/2022 10:40:00 AM

South Korea reports second-highest Covid-19 count ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

https://str.sg/wAerSEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Sunday (Jan 23), despite extended Covid-19 curbs and a high vaccination rate, raising concerns of further spread during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

The country recorded 7,630 new cases on Saturday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, above the 7,009 cases reported a day earlier and near the mid-December record of 7,848 logged.South Korea in mid-Januaryextended tougher social distancing rules for three weeks,

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sg/wAer SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Sunday (Jan 23), despite extended Covid-19 curbs and a high vaccination rate, raising concerns of further spread during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The country recorded 7,630 new cases on Saturday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, above the 7,009 cases reported a day earlier and near the mid-December record of 7,848 logged. The best drink she found was makgeolli, a cloudy Korean rice wine with a slightly sour taste. South Korea in mid-January extended tougher social distancing rules for three weeks, including a 9pm curfew for restaurants, cafes and bars, and limits on private gatherings, ahead of the holiday that starts on Saturday. HEV refers to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle technology. Tens of millions of Koreans across the country typically travel during Lunar New Year for family gatherings during one of the country's main holidays. “My makgeolli life started with corona!” Jeong, 41, said recently at a Seoul liquor store dedicated to traditional Korean alcohol. South Korea has recorded 733,902 Covid-19 infections and 6,540 deaths, KDCA data showed, although nearly 95 per cent of adults have been fully vaccinated and more than half having received a booster shot. "(Seoul) on Friday completed the payment of Iran's UN dues of about US$18 million (S$24 million) through the Iranian frozen funds in South Korea, in active cooperation with related agencies such as US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and the United Nations Secretariat," the finance ministry said in a statement.

To contain the rapid spread of the virus, health officials have required proof of vaccination and a booster to gain access to most public facilities, but a court ruled that large shops and teenagers . South Korea’s craft makgeolli revival has been underway for at least a decade, but the drink’s popularity took on new dimensions during COVID-19 lockdowns as people ordered small-batch labels online and swapped brewing recipes on social media. Reuters reported last month that Geely and Renault were set to announce a deal to jointly produce Geely's hybrid vehicles in South Korea, looking at possibly exporting cars duty-free to the United States.