S. Koreans 'anxious', 'surprised' as Covid-19 restrictions raised to highest level

South Korea will raise coronavirus curbs to their highest level in the Seoul metropolitan area, the country's prime minister said Friday, warning a record spike in new cases had reached "maximum crisis level". On Friday it recorded 1,316 cases, its highest daily rise since the pandemic began, with most new infections in capital Seoul and its surrounding areas. One resident says he feels "very anxious" about the recent surge, while another says she was "quite surprised" by it.

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