(Second LD) South Korea reports a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases

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Seoul, July 18 (Union News)-New Korean coronavirus cases nearly triple from the previous day on Monday amid a recurrence of infection and the rapid spread of a highly contagious new Omicron subvariant. It became about 70,500.

As of 9 pm, local governments have reported 70,497 additional cases, 2.81 times that of the same period on Sunday. This is the best tally of the 9am window since April 26th.

South Korea has an average of 37,660 cases in the past week. Daily cases are counted until midnight and announced the next morning.

Earlier that day, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported that 26,299 new infections were confirmed on Sunday, of which 319 were from abroad and the total number of cases reached 18,788,056.

Earlier Monday reports were down from 41,310 cases reported on Saturday and 40,342 cases reported on Sunday, compared to 12,681 cases recorded a week ago due to the highly contagious Omicron subspecies BA.5. It has more than doubled.

In South Korea, infections have increased significantly since the end of June, while virus suppression has been eased.

The daily count exceeded 10,000 for the first time in about three weeks on June 29, exceeded 20,000 on July 9, and exceeded 40,000 on Wednesday.

The KDCA reported 11 deaths from the virus, with 24,753 deaths. The case fatality rate was 0.13 percent.

The number of severely ill patients increased from 71 the day before to 81.

Health officials say the country has plunged into a wave of new viruses, ending its declining trend from a peak of more than 620,000 in mid-March, and daily infections could surge to more than 200,000 next month. rice field.

To deal with the pandemic, the government began allowing a fourth COVID-19 vaccination on Monday for people over the age of 50 and people over the age of 18 in basic health.

Previously, people over the age of 60 and people with immune disorders were eligible for the fourth vaccination.

This move is another virus caused by a highly contagious mutation in Omicron strain BA.5, which is known to be more contagious compared to previous versions and capable of evading immunity. It happens when you are facing a resurrection.

By the end of this month, the government plans to increase the number of “one-stop” COVID-19 treatment centers where people can be tested for viruses, face-to-face medical services, and antivirals from now to 10,000. Is 6,338.

According to KDCA, the BA.5 subvariant accounted for 35% of all COVID-19 cases nationwide in the second week of July, up from 28% a week ago.
(end) (Second LD) South Korea reports a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases

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