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South Korea has reported its second highest daily caseload of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.
It's also the third time in a week that the number has surpassed 2-thousand which is alarming health authorities.
For more, we have our Kim Do-yeon at the News Center.
Do-yeon, efforts are being made, but the virus is playing by its own rules
That's right,, Mark, and to be exact, South Korea reported 2,1-hundred-55 new cases on Wednesday of which all but 41 were local transmissions.
As you mentioned, this is an alarming number for the authorities and it's due to the Delta variant.
Take a listen to what the Prime Minister had to say this morning.
"As you can see, this wave caused by the Delta variant is completely different from the ones before. You can see it from other countries, if you let your guard down for a second, you will see a big surge. Health authorities and national and local governments will have to be on full alert to maintain a swift and perfect virus prevention status."
In fact, 9 out of 10 cases are now caused by the Delta variant according to a report released by the authorities on Tuesday.
This is only the fourth time the number has surpassed the 2-thousand mark, but considering that three came within the past seven days it really shows the current situation is the worst seen so far in the country.