South Korea has more than 10 million confirmed cases and one in five people is infected with COVID-19

2022-09-18 0 By

According to the Yonhap News Agency, on March 23, the Central Epidemic Prevention Headquarters of the Republic of Korea (ROK) reported that as of 0:00 on March 23, there were 490,881 new novel coronavirus cases in South Korea compared with 0:00 on the previous day, with a total of 1,0427,247 confirmed cases. About 20% of the population has been or is infected with novel coronavirus.The number of confirmed cases in South Korea rose 136,913 in a single day from the previous day, the second highest since the outbreak began in the country.Graph of current confirmed cases in South Korea.Photo from The Yonhap news agency South Korea’s epidemic prevention department said the day before will observe the trend of the epidemic this week to determine whether the epidemic has passed the turning point.The government had predicted that the pandemic would peak between December 12 and 22, with confirmed cases gradually decreasing after that day, but the number of new cases still rose to nearly 500,000 that day.It is expected to take time for the outbreak to slow down, given that the number of people allowed to attend private gatherings has been relaxed to eight since Friday, and that the detection rate of the more potent omicron ba.2 strain has increased sharply.Among the new cases, 490,839 were community infections and 42 were imported from abroad.A total of 291 new deaths were reported, with a cumulative death rate of 13,432, with an average fatality rate of 0.13%.There were 1,084 severe cases, which remained in four-digit condition for 16 consecutive days.It has taken less than two months for The cumulative number of confirmed cases in South Korea to rise from 1 million to 10 million.Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in South Korea on January 20, 2020, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea only exceeded 1 million on February 6, which took 749 days.However, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has soared to 10 million in one and a half months due to the strong transmission of the omicron mutant strain and the government’s drastic relaxation of quarantine control.Experts in South Korea estimate that the cumulative number of confirmed cases in South Korea will be twice as high if hidden confirmed cases are included.According to Yonhap news Agency, based on the assumption that the cumulative number of confirmed cases in South Korea will exceed 10 million tomorrow, 20 percent of the total population of South Korea has been or has been infected with COVID-19.Experts in South Korea say that the epidemic in some countries is stabilizing after 20 percent of the population has been infected, suggesting that the domestic epidemic could be contained in the near future.However, Jeong Eun-kyung, head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KCDC), said in a press conference on Monday that it is not an absolute standard to predict when the epidemic will peak, and that it is difficult to judge by the percentage of confirmed cases in the total population only when testing rates and vaccination rates are taken into account.South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Monday that a turning point in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis will be reached in the next one to two weeks.Source: