South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases surpassed 200,000 for the first time on Wednesday, as the highly transmissible omicron variant continues to spread across the nation.
The country reported a record high of 219,241 new coronavirus infections, including 219,173 local cases, raising the total caseload to 3,492,686 according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Health authorities said virus-related deaths fell to 96 on Wednesday from 112 a day earlier, bringing the death toll to 8,266 with a fatality rate of 0.24 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients rose to 762 from 727 during the same period.
The surge came after the government temporarily suspended the enforcement of the vaccine pass system Tuesday, citing the lack of staff handling the pandemic.
KDCA officials said the current wave was expected to peak at some 250,000 daily cases in mid-March.
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