New confirmed cases likely to exceed 15,000 … record high for three days in a row

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The number of new COVID-19 cases announced today is expected to exceed 15,000.

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The rate of spread is so fast that the number of confirmed cases has doubled from a week ago and three times from two weeks ago.

Correspondent Hong Shin-young.

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As of 9pm last night, there were 12,410 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This is an increase of 3,192 from the previous day, recording the highest number for three days in a row.

If you add up the number of additional cases by midnight, the number of new cases to be announced today is expected to exceed 15,000.

It is the first time that the number of new patients per day exceeds 15,000 since the first case of COVID-19 in Korea.


“The spread of Omicron has begun in earnest. After becoming a dominant species last weekend, the number of patients exceeded 13,000 in just a few days.”

Screening stations are overcrowded.

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“The number of confirmed cases has increased significantly, so the waiting time for testing has increased by about an hour, and the amount of testing seems to have doubled compared to usual.”

First of all, it spreads very quickly.

The number of new confirmed cases is more than double that of a week ago, and three times that of two weeks ago.

Assuming that the transmission rate of Omicron mutation is three times that of delta, the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters predicted that there would be up to 36,000 daily confirmed cases in the middle of next month and up to 120,000 daily by the end of next month.

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“The trend has almost doubled compared to last week. If that’s the case, then I think it’s a situation where the current trend has to be maintained for the time being.”

As the number of new confirmed cases is rapidly increasing, the number of home-treated patients is breaking new records every day.

This is Shin-Young Hong from MBC News.

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