S.Korea Reports 90,928 New COVID-19 Cases

SEOUL – South Korea reported 90,928 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight, compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 15,424,598, the health authorities said today.

The daily caseload was down from 164,481 the previous day, falling below 100,000 in 48 days, due to fewer virus tests over the weekend, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The health authorities estimated that, the daily caseload has been on the decline after the resurgence, driven by the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and its subvariant BA.2, which peaked in mid-Mar.

Of the new cases, 14,247 were Seoul residents. The number of the newly infected people living in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 25,775 and 4,385, respectively.

The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 46,500, or 51.2 percent of the total local transmission.

Among the new cases, 21 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to 31,419.

The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 1,099, down 15 from the previous day.

A total of 258 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 19,679. The total fatality rate was 0.13 percent.

The number of people who received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines was 44,514,483, or 86.7 percent of the total population, and the figure for those getting booster jabs was 32,923,050, or 64.2 percent of the population.