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S.Korea hits new COVID-19 record, suspends quarantine exemption to block Omicron

People queue up to be tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing site in central Seoul
People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing site in central Seoul, South Korea, December 1, 2021. REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji

December 2, 2021

By Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s daily record of coronavirus cases hit a new high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated domestic travelers. for two weeks against the Omicron variant.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA) reported 5,266 cases on Wednesday, a day after the daily toll rose above 5,000 for the first time amid concerns about a sharp increase in the virus. patients with severe symptoms.

South Korea will require a 10-day quarantine for all domestic travelers for two weeks from Friday, suspending exemptions for those who have been previously fully vaccinated, the KDCA said.

The measure comes after South Korea confirmed its first five cases of the Omicron variant late Wednesday, including a fully vaccinated couple from Nigeria last week, followed by two their family member and a friend.

The country has fully immunized nearly 92% of adults and is currently focusing on childhood vaccinations and a ramp-up program, but experts warn that cases could continue to rise a little. partly due to the spread of more transmissible variants.

The total number of infections increased to 457,612 cases, with 3,705 deaths.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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