South Korea Reports New Record-Breaking Number of COVID-19 Cases

South Korea recorded over 3,300 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the greatest single-day increase since the country’s pandemic outbreak last year.

South Korea registered 3,292 new cases in the previous 24 hours, raising the overall caseload to 406,065, as it faces the pandemic’s fourth wave.

The new high surpassed the previous high of 3,270 COVID-19 instances in a single day on September 25.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the death toll has now risen to 3,187.

According to the report, the capital Seoul, one of the country’s major COVID-19 hotspots, reported 1,423 cases in the previous 24 hours, the second-highest number in a single day, putting pressure on already overburdened hospitals as the bed occupancy rate in intensive care units for coronavirus patients crossed 80 percent in the city while remaining at 63.8 percent for the entire country.

According to the research, cases increased after the government lifted restrictions across the country on Nov. 1 under the “living with COVID-19” initiative to allow individuals to return to regular life.

Visitors must display their vaccination certificates or negative COVID-19 test results while accessing high-risk institutions such as bars, nightclubs, and indoor gyms.

South Korea plans to remove all restrictions by the end of February next year.

According to the organization, 42.11 million individuals, or 82 percent of the country’s 52 million inhabitants, have gotten their first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 40.31 million, or 78.5 percent, have been completely vaccinated.

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