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New COVID-19 Cases Below 5,000, Omicron Cases Top 1,000

Written: 2022-01-01 11:53:40Updated: 2022-01-01 13:01:34

New COVID-19 Cases Below 5,000, Omicron Cases Top 1,000

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South Korea starts 2022 with some four-thousand new COVID-19 cases reported on New Year's Day.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Saturday the country added four-thousand-416 new infections the previous day, raising the accumulated caseload to over 635-thousand.

The daily tally is 459 fewer than a day ago and more than 14-hundred less than a week ago as case numbers are clearly declining.

The number of critical cases remained above one thousand for the 12th straight day, recording one-thousand-49. 

Friday also saw 62 fatalities, raising the death toll to five-thousand-625.

Two-hundred-20 new omicron cases have also been confirmed raising that total to one-thousand-114.

The government believes new infections are decreasing thanks to stepped-up quarantine measures since early December.

From December 18, social distancing rules were further tightened, allowing private gatherings of up to four people and enforcing a 9 p.m. curfew on restaurants and cafes.

The rules have been extended by two more weeks through January 16.

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