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S. Korea reports all-time high daily COVID-19 tally on Thursday with 5,266 cases
Updated: 2021-12-02 09:31:15 KST
South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally has topped five-thousand for two days straight.
The country on Thursday reported an all-time high of 5-thousand 2-hundred 66 new cases, exceeding the previous record set the day before.
Compared to a week ago, this is up by more than 1-thousand 3-hundred cases.
Meanwhile, the number of severely-ill patients was above the 7-hundred mark for the second day in a row.
There were a record 7-hundred 33 critically-ill patients.

And for the first time, the Omicron variant was confirmed in the nation, with five cases reported on Wednesday.
A married couple in their 40s contracted the variant after visiting Nigeria in mid-November.
Their friend was also infected with the variant.
Officials say that the couple and their friend are experiencing no specific symptoms,.. other than respiratory symptoms and muscle pain.

The variant was also detected in two unvaccinated women in their 50s, living in Gyeonggi-do Province who also recently traveled to Nigeria.
Besides the five conformed infections, there's a total of four more suspected cases,.. and authorities are waiting for those results.

To tame a potential fifth wave of the pandemic, the government has imposed stricter measures.
All travelers arriving to South Korea,.. regardless of their nationality AND vaccination status,.. will have to quarantine for TEN days.
The new measure will be implemented on Friday, and will be in place for the next two weeks.

Also starting Friday, the entry of non-Koreans departing from Nigeria will be banned.
But Koreans and foreigners who are staying long-term,.. will be permitted to enter the country.
The same measures had already been put in place for eight other countries, including South Africa.

The government has also decided to suspend direct flights from Ethiopia for two weeks, starting Saturday.
But the country will be organizing separate flights for the safe return of South Korean nationals.

On top of that, those who have come into contact with a patient infected with the Omicron variant,.. will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
There is no exception for those who are fully vaccinated.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
Reporter : minjchoi@arirang.com