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South Korea records its highest record of infections and deaths of the entire coronavirus pandemic

South Korea records its highest record of infections and deaths of the entire coronavirus pandemic

South Korea records its highest record of infections and deaths of the entire coronavirus pandemic

South Korea again broke its daily records for infections and deaths from coronavirus and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variantas officials strive to tighten social distancing and border controls.

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The 5,352 new cases reported by the South Korean Agency for Disease Prevention and Control on Saturday marked the third time this week that the daily count surpassed 5,000. The total death toll in the country reached 3,809 after a record 70 patients with the virus died in the last 24 hours. While the 752 patients in serious or critical conditions also mark a historical record.

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As the delta-driven surge threatens to overwhelm hospital systems, there are also concerns about the local spread of the omicron variant, which is considered potentially more infectious than previous strains of the virus.

The number of cases of omicron in the country it is now nine after three more cases were confirmed. The new infections include the wife, mother-in-law and a friend of a man who contracted omicron of a couple who drove home from the airport after they arrived from Nigeria on November 24. The couple’s teenage son and two other women who also traveled to Nigeria have also been infected with omicron.

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Authorities say the number of cases of omicron It could increase as some of the patients had attended a church meeting in which hundreds of people participated on November 28.

While the appearance of omicron has set off a global alarm and pushed governments around the world to tighten their borders, scientists say it is unclear whether the new variant is more contagious, more likely to evade the protection provided by vaccines, or more likely to cause serious illness 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 nearby metropolitan areas, which have been hit the hardest by the delta and are now running out of intensive care units.

To defend against omicron, South Korea has required all passengers arriving from abroad during the next two weeks to be quarantined for at least 10 days, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status. The country has banned short-term foreign travelers from arriving from nine African nations, including South Africa and Nigeria.

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