South Korea, which won praise for containing the coronavirus without mass lockdowns, reported its biggest daily surge in infections in seven weeks, underscoring the challenge in permanently taming the illness in the absence of a viable vaccine.
The Asian nation reported 40 new cases for May 26, the biggest one-day increase since April 8, according to data from Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, or KCDC, with most of the cases connected to a distribution centre of an e-commerce firm. This takes the total tally to 11,265 cases while the virus-linked deaths were unchanged at 269.
Cases connected to a logistics center of Coupang Corp increased to 36 with KCDC estimating that about 4,000 people may have been exposed to the virus.
The flare-ups signal the long drawn battle governments face in curbing the highly-contagious pathogen and puts to test Korea’s strategy of mass testing and rigorous contact tracing as it races to fend off a second wave of infections.
The daily new cases in South Korea had dipped to between 12 and 35 for the last three weeks, marking a hard won success against the virus.