New infections below 50,000 for 2nd day amid ‘twindemic’ worries

SEOUL– South Korea’s new coronavirus cases stayed below 50,000 for the second straight day Friday amid concerns over a possible outbreak of a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza this winter.

The country reported 43,449 new COVID-19 infections, including 49 from overseas, bringing the total to 25,760,701, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

Daily infections fell to 46,896 on Thursday from 54,766 a day earlier.

The country added 35 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 29,315. The number of critically ill patients stood at 304, up from 290 a day earlier, the KDCA said.

Health authorities have recently expanded booster shots against omicron variants to all people aged over 18 amid concerns about the risks of a simultaneous outbreak of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.

On Friday, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said the number of daily infections could reach up to 200,000 cases due to the possible arrival of new COVID-19 variants.

South Korea’s virus curve has been on a general decline since peaking at over 180,000 cases on Aug. 17.

The government plans to release its outlook on COVID-19 infections and countermeasures to keep the pandemic under control Wednesday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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