South Korea on Thursday reported 1-thousand 8-hundred 42 new COVID-19 cases.
That's the highest number since the pandemic began,… topping the previous record set the day before.
Thursday's total includes 270 infections from the recent outbreak at the navy's Cheonghae Unit, which was operating in waters off the coast of Africa.
With one more member confirmed positive on Thursday morning, over 90 percent of the crew has been infected.
However, even without the addition of the Cheonghae Unit's cases,… there are no signs of the spread slowing down in the country.
South Korea's daily tally has been hovering above the 1-thousand mark for well over 2 weeks.
Over the past 7 days, there were more than 1-thousand 4-hundred locally transmitted cases a day on average.
Concerns are also growing over increasing numbers of cases in regions outside the greater Seoul area.
These regions outside the capital area have seen more than 5-hundred cases for two days in a row.
Health experts say the uptick is mainly due to the spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant, and more people traveling across the nation.
Given the current circumstances, the government will on Friday announce whether to readjust or extend the current level four social distancing measures in the greater Seoul area.
This comes as the current measures are due to end this Sunday.
Experts say it's highly likely that the current level will be extended for another two weeks in the capital area.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.