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S. Korea Covid-19 cases top 3,000 for first time

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S. Korea Covid-19 cases top 3,000 for first time

SEOUL – South Korea’s daily Covid-19 cases topped 3,000 for the first time today as an outbreak fuelled by a three-day holiday this week continued to grow.

The country reported 3,273 Covid-19 infections yesterday, a day after hitting the previous high, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said today.

Of the new cases, 3,245 were locally transmitted and 28 were imported, bringing South Korea’s total to 298,402 infections with 2,441 deaths.

More than 77% of the domestically transmitted cases were in Seoul and areas neighbouring the capital, where about half the nation’s 52 million people live.

The mortality rate and severe cases remain relatively low and steady at 0.82% and 339, respectively, helped by vaccinations that prioritised older people at high risk of severe Covid-19, K

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