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Authorities Warn COVID-19 Daily Tally Back on Upward Trend

Written: 2022-06-29 09:25:15Updated: 2022-06-29 10:36:46

Authorities Warn COVID-19 Daily Tally Back on Upward Trend

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Health authorities say daily COVID-19 cases climbed back above ten-thousand, urging the public and officials to stay alert.

Second vice health and welfare minister Lee Ki-il issued a warning over complacency toward the pandemic while presiding over a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Wednesday.

He said the daily coronavirus tally compiled from the previous day, which is set to be announced in detail later in the day, hovered above ten-thousand for the first time in 20 days.

The reproduction rate, or the number of infections caused by a single patient, also rebounded to one, meaning the dissipation trend of COVID-19 has shifted to a growing one, he said.

Noting a similar increase in daily cases in European countries including Germany, France and Britain, the official attributed the uptick at home and abroad to the spread of omicron subvariants, such as BA.4 and BA.5, along with an increase in movement amid the summer travel season.

The subvariant BA.5 in particular has accounted for seven-point-five percent of recent domestic COVID-19 infections and 32-point-eight percent of the recent imported cases, up by five-point-five percentage points and 19-point-nine percentage points, respectively, from the preceding week.

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