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Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise to 4,542, Imported Cases Hit New High of 409

Written: 2022-01-14 10:00:03Updated: 2022-01-14 10:45:19

Daily COVID-19 Cases Rise to 4,542, Imported Cases Hit New High of 409

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Daily new COVID-19 cases remained over four-thousand for a third straight day while imported cases hit a new high amid the global spread of the omicron variant.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said on Friday that four-thousand-542 new cases were compiled throughout the previous day, raising the total caseload to 683-thousand-566.  

The daily tally is 376 more than a day ago and about 830 more than a week ago. 

Of the latest figure, four-thousand-133 were local transmissions, while 409 cases were from overseas. Imported cases surpassed 400 for the first time and hit a new high for three straight days.

The number of critically ill patients fell to 659, falling below 700 for the first time in 45 days. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the ICU occupancy rate nationwide dropped slightly to 37-point-one percent. 

Thursday saw 49 more deaths, raising the death toll to six-thousand-259. The fatality rate rose to zero-point-92 percent.

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