South Korea’s COVID-19 Cases Rise Again, Reaching 400,000 in a Day – South Korea has reported another increase in COVID-19 cases, amid the threat of the Omicron variant that has emerged in recent weeks.

Health authorities reported 407,017 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (17/3) bringing the total to 8,657,609.

The daily caseload fell dramatically from a record 621,328 the day before, but the figure marked the second highest on record, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (KDCA).

The recent increase in cases was driven by infections in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

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Illustration of Covid-19.  (Pexels)
Illustration of Covid-19. (Pexels)

Of the new cases on Thursday, 81,997 of them were from Seoul. Gyeonggi Province and the port city of Incheon reported 113,673 and 25,797 cases, respectively.

The corona virus is also raging in areas outside the metropolitan area, with new cases reaching 185,511 or 45.6 percent of the total local cases.

Of the new cases, 39 imported cases were recorded, bringing the total to 30,539 cases.

The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients reached 1,049, down 110 from the previous day.

Authorities also reported 301 new COVID deaths, bringing the total to 11,782, for a total fatality rate of 0.14 percent.

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The government has given the COVID-19 vaccine to 44,920,469 people or 87.5 percent of the total population.