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After Omicron Peak, South Korea's New Covid-19 Cases Below 4 Lakh

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Last Updated: March 19, 2022, 08:45 IST

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Authorities are also prioritising PCR testing for people aged 60 or older. (File photo/Reuters)

Authorities are also prioritising PCR testing for people aged 60 or older. (File photo/Reuters)

South Korea reported 381,454 new Covid-19 infections, including 63 from overseas, raising the total caseload to 9,038,938.

South Korea’s new Covid-19 cases fell below 400,000 on Saturday, but concerns linger over the highly transmissible Omicron variant amid the government’s move to shift away from rigorous social distancing.

The country reported 381,454 new Covid-19 infections, including 63 from overseas, raising the total caseload to 9,038,938, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The latest tally is a sharp drop from the all-time high of 621,328 on Thursday, though the sudden spike in cases reflected some 70,000 cases omitted from the previous day’s tally.

The death toll from COVID-19 came to 12,101, up 319 from Friday. The fatality rate was 0.13 per cent.

The number of critically ill patients stood at 1,049, the same as the previous day.

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first published:March 19, 2022, 08:45 IST
last updated:March 19, 2022, 08:45 IST
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