, Dec 8 () –
South Korea surpassed 7,000 daily cases of coronavirus for the first time on Wednesday, marking a new record since the pandemic broke out, according to data from the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDA).
Specifically, the KCDA has reported 7,175 new COVID-19 infections registered in the last day, bringing the total to 489,484, and marking a maximum well above the last, which was recorded on Saturday with more of 5,350 positives, collects the South Korean agency Yonhap.
In the last day the country has also regretted 63 deaths due to the disease, which has claimed the lives of a total of 4,020 people and which has set another record this Wednesday regarding the number of infected patients who are in serious condition. 840.
South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo Kyum has specified in a government meeting on the response to COVID-19 that 80 percent of the total confirmed cases have been reported in the Seoul metropolitan area, so they are adding units for affected patients in hospitals. In fact, the occupancy of intensive care beds is 84.5 percent in the area, while at the national level it reaches 78.7 percent.
The pandemic worries the country due to the new highs that are reached, as well as the arrival of the omicron variant, which already adds 38 cases in the territory. Seoul on Monday introduced more restrictive measures against the coronavirus in a bid to slow the spread of the variant. In the capital and surrounding areas, private gatherings have been limited to just six people.