1,56 cases of serious illness, 108 deaths… New cases fell to 4,875

On the 30th, notices related to social distancing were posted at a restaurant in Seoul. yunhap news

On the 31st, the second week after the strengthened social distancing measures were implemented and the last day of 2021, the number of new corona19 patients in Korea fell to the late 4,000 level.

While the number of new confirmed cases is on the decline, the number of severe cases has remained above 1,000 for 11 consecutive days, and the death toll is the second highest in history.

The Central Defense Countermeasures Headquarters (Bangdaebon) announced that as of 00:00 on the same day, 4,875 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 63838.

The number of confirmed cases is usually small at the beginning of the week, but the number of tests increases significantly on Wednesday, when the number of tests recovers to the weekday level, but this week, the number of confirmed cases fell from Wednesday to Friday.

The number of new confirmed cases on that day fell by 160 from the previous day (5,35, initially revised to 5,37), down to the 4,000 level.

On the 28th, at Hyemin Hospital, Gwangjin-gu, a hospital dedicated to COVID-19 in Seoul, medical staff move a patient who has deteriorated to the intensive care unit. yunhap news

Compared to the 6,233 people on the 24th a week ago, 1,358 fewer people, and the overall decrease in the number of confirmed cases continues.

As the quarantine authorities run a period of concentration for the third vaccination for one month in December, centered on the elderly, and apply strengthened quarantine measures from the beginning of this month, the scale of the COVID-19 epidemic is decreasing.

The government announced on the same day that it would extend the current social distancing measure, which limits the number of private gatherings to four people, and keeps restaurants and cafes open until 9 p.m. for two weeks.

Although the number of confirmed cases has continued to decrease due to the effect of quarantine measures, there are still a significant number of severe cases and deaths.

On this day, the number of patients with severe serious illness was 1,056, a decrease of 89 from the previous day (1,145), but maintained at the 1,000 level for 11 consecutive days.

Medical staff are working at Hyemin Hospital, Gwangjin-gu, a hospital dedicated to COVID-19 in Seoul on the 28th. yunhap news

Quarantine authorities believe that there is a possibility that the number of severe cases and the number of fatalities will turn to a decreasing trend with a time lag of 1 to 2 weeks from last week, but there has been no noticeable decrease yet.

From the 21st to the 11th consecutive day, the number of patients with severe cases is in the 1,000 range (1,22 → 1,63 → 1,83 → 1,84 → 1,105 → 1,81 → 1,78 → 1,102 → 1,151 → 1,145 → 1,56)

The death toll stood at 108, bringing the total to 5,563.

It is the second highest number ever recorded, one less than the highest number of 109 recorded on the 23rd. The cumulative fatality rate is 0.88%.

In Korea, the number of infected with the Omicron mutant virus increased by 269 in one day, bringing the total to 894. There are 83 domestic (regional) infections, and the remaining 186 are imported infections.

Medical staff are working at Hyemin Hospital, Gwangjin-gu, a hospital dedicated to COVID-19 in Seoul on the 28th. yunhap news

As PCR (genome amplification) reagents that can quickly identify micron mutations in 3 to 4 hours have been used since the previous day, it seems that the number of tests has increased and the number of confirmed cases has increased significantly.

According to the route of infection, there were 4,758 local cases and 117 imported cases.

The number of regional confirmed cases was 1,635 in Seoul, 1,454 in Gyeonggi, and 293 in Incheon, with a total of 3,382 (71.1%) in the metropolitan area.

In non-metropolitan areas, Busan 257, Gyeongnam 228, Chungnam 136, Daegu 130, Gyeongbuk 103, Jeonbuk 99, Gwangju 85, Chungbuk 73, Daejeon and Gangwon 69 each, Jeonnam 58, Ulsan 38, A total of 1,376 people (28.9%), including 17 from Sejong and 14 from Jeju.

The number of imported cases was 117, 10 more than the previous day (107).

On the 29th, foreign entrants are entering the arrival hall of Terminal 1 of Incheon International Airport. Measures to strengthen overseas immigration control include restricting entry to one African country including South Africa, suspending flights from Ethiopia, and maintaining quarantine for inoculated persons. news

Combining local outbreaks and overseas inflows (excluding quarantine), the total number is 3,450 in the metropolitan area alone, including 1,670 in Seoul, 1,476 in Gyeonggi, and 304 in Incheon. There were confirmed cases in all 17 cities and provinces nationwide.

5,840 new confirmed cases in one week from the 25th → 5,416 → 4,205 → 3,865 → 5,408 → 5,35 (corrected after the original announcement at 5,37)→ 4,875 people, an average of 4,949 people per day.

On the previous day, the number of tests for suspected patients at the screening clinic was 57,910 and the number of tests at the temporary screening center was 151,850, for a total of 209,760 tests.

Meanwhile, the completion rate of domestic COVID-19 vaccination was 82.8% (cumulative 42,533,516 people) as of 00:00 on the same day, and 34.4% (17,7673,599 people) of the total population completed the third dose.

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