South Korea's daily Covid-19 count hits another record high


A visitor getting swabbed for Covid-19 at a virus testing centre in Seoul on Jan 26, 2022. - AFP

SEOUL (Xinhua): South Korea's daily number of Covid-19 cases has hit a new record high due to the spread of the Omicron variant, its health authorities said on Thursday (Jan 27).

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the country reported 14,518 more cases of Covid-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 777,497.

The daily caseload was up from 13,010 the previous day, keeping a record-breaking trend for the third consecutive day.

The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the spread of the Omicron variant, which the health authorities say has become the dominant strain.

Of the new cases, 3,385 were Seoul residents. The number of newly infected people living in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 4,738 and 1,010 respectively.

The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 5,168, or 36.1 per cent of the total local transmission.

Among the new cases, 217 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to 24,451.

The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 350, down 35 from the previous day.

Thirty-four more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 6,654. The total fatality rate is 0.86 per cent.

The country has administered Covid-19 vaccines to 86.9 per cent of the total population. The number of fully inoculated people is 43,904,632, or 85.6 per cent of the population.

The number of those who received booster jabs is 26,043,358, or 50.7 per cent of the population.

Article type: free
User access status:
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

South Korea , Covid-19 , cases

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Flight health protocols must be consistent, simpler to aid aviation recovery, says Dr Wee
China's Covid controls will impact foreign investment for years: US lobby
Four arrested for trafficking heroin in Vietnam
Indonesia’s capital relocation will open up socioeconomic opportunities for Sarawak, says Abdul Taib
Climate change threatens China with yet another deadly flood season
Covid-19 tally rises to 613,144 in Myanmar
Tokyo Covid curbs declared illegal in 'Kill Bill' restaurant case
Help sought in finding teen missing in Brunei
New minimum wage exempts small Philippine firms
Japan to allow small groups of tourists, including those from Singapore and Thailand, to visit in May

Others Also Read