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In the midst of Omicron’s troubles, SoKor’s daily cases have surpassed 90,000

SEOUL, South Korea – The number of daily Covid-19 cases in South Korea reached an all-time high on Wednesday, raising fears that the number could rise even higher if the government eases current severe social distancing curbs later this week.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the country reported 90,443 new Covid-19 infections, including 90,281 local cases, bringing the overall caseload to 1,552,851. (KDCA).

The most recent total is significantly higher than the previous day, when new daily cases reached a new high of 57,164.

The mortality toll from Covid-19 has risen to 7,202, an increase of 39 since Tuesday. According to the KDCA, the death rate was 0.46 percent.

The number of critically ill Covid-19 patients was 313, down one from the day before, according to the KDCA. For the third day in a row, the daily total remained above 300.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said earlier in the day that the number of cases has not yet peaked, and that when the government determines whether to change present social distancing restrictions on Friday, it would take into account both pandemic-affected small companies and the virus’s spread.

Currently, private meetings are limited to six individuals, while restaurants and cafes around the country have a 9 p.m. curfew. The prime minister has previously hinted about reducing distance restrictions in a way that would benefit pandemic-affected small companies while preventing the virus from spreading further.

Because of the rapid spread of the more transmissible omicron form, the number of illnesses has increased in recent weeks. On Feb. 9, the number surpassed 40,000 for the first time, and only a day later, it surpassed 50,000, staying above the mark until Tuesday.

Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul, reported 27,954 locally transmitted cases, followed by Seoul (18,834) and the southeastern port city of Busan (6,483), according to the KDCA. Cases from other countries increased by 162 to 27,659.

Booster injections have been given to 29.77 million people, or 58 percent of the country’s 52 million residents, as of Wednesday. A total of 44.25 million people were fully immunized, accounting for 86.2 percent of the population.

Health officials have warned that by the end of the month, daily new cases might reach 170,000. According to the National Institute of Mathematical Sciences, a state-run think tank, the number might reach 360,000 by early next month.

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