Korea May Add About 7,000 Virus Cases in Latest Wave: JPMorgan
South Korea’slatest wave of coronavirus cases might infect about 7,000 people through early November with net infections to peak by the end of August, according to a report from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The outbreak will be smaller in scale than seen previously as testing and tracing have been strengthened with stricter social distancing rules in place, insurance analysts led by MW Kim wrote in the note dated Aug. 20. JPMorgan’s previous forecast in February that Korea’s virus cases in March maypeak at 10,000 in its first wave proved to be about accurate: total infections were at 9,786 at the end of March and new cases fell after that.
The Korean government is studying whether it needs to raise social-distancing restrictions to thehighest level as officials warn the country is at the risk of a “massive nationwide outbreak.” The country reported 2,150 new infections in the past week, compared with only about 200 new weekly cases earlier this month. South Korea has had more than 17,000 cases since the pandemic started.
The recent infection resurgence is largely due to large-scale economic reopening and relaxed social-distancing, the report said.
— With assistance by Jihye Lee
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