South Korea once again breaks daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths, and confirms 3 new cases of the omicron variant as officials work to tighten social distancing and border controls .
The 5,352 new cases reported by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday marked the third time this week that the daily number exceeded 5,000. The country’s death toll stands at 3,809 after a record 70 virus patients died in the past 24 hours, while 752 patients were in serious or critical condition also an all-time high.
As delta-driven growth threatens to overwhelm hospital systems, there is also concern about local spread of the omicron variant, which is considered more infectious than earlier strains of the virus.
The country’s omicron preload rate is now nine after the KDCA confirmed three more cases. The new cases include the wife, mother-in-law and a friend of a man who caught omicrons from a couple he drove home from the airport after they left Nigeria on November 24, the couple’s teenage child and two other women who also traveled to Nigeria were also infected with omicrons.
Officials said the number of omicron infections could rise as some patients attended a church gathering with hundreds of people on Nov.
While the appearance of the omicron has caused global alarm and prompted governments around the world to tighten their borders, scientists say it remains unclear whether the new variant is more contagious. are more likely to evade protection with vaccines or more likely to cause serious illnesses than previous versions of the virus.
Starting next week, private social gatherings of seven or more people will be banned in the densely populated capital. Seoul and surrounding urban areas, which have been hardest hit by the delta and are currently running out of intensive care units.
To combat omicrons, South Korea has required all passengers arriving from abroad in the next two weeks to quarantine for at least 10 days, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status. The country has banned short-term foreign visitors from nine Africans country, including South Africa and Nigeria.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/seoul-nigeria-african-south-africa-b1969701.html SKorea sets a daily record of new coronavirus cases, deaths