South Korea Records 400,741 New Daily COVID Cases

South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the country saw a new record high of 400,741 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, nearly forty thousand more than the day before, raising the total caseload to 7,629,275.

According to KDCA, the daily count differs from 441,423 reported by South Korean media last night, as the number had not removed overlapping and erroneous data that appeared after the government began to allow virus tests conducted at local clinics as official results.

Officials said the daily COVID-19 cases are counted until midnight and announced the following morning.

The death toll from COVID-19 has risen from 164 to 11,052, with the fatality rate standing at 0.14 percent, while the number of critically ill patients, reached another record high of 1,244, up 48 from the previous day.

However, senior Health Ministry official Park Hyang said because of high vaccination rates, South Korea has so far weathered the omicron surge with lower levels of fatalities than what was seen in the United States and Europe, which was hit by the variant earlier.

Health officials have recently significantly eased quarantine restrictions and border controls and stopped requiring adults to show proof of vaccination or negative tests when entering potentially crowded spaces like restaurants. 

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