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South Korea on Thursday reports 14,518 new COVID-19 cases, another record high Updated: 2022-01-27 17:09:35 KST

South Korea on Thursday reported 14-thousand 5-hundred 18 new COVID-19 infections.
This is roughly 8-thousand cases higher than the same time last week, and double the amount reported on Monday.
Daily infections are doubling faster than authorities had forecast.

Likewise, the number of those receiving at home-treatment has been soaring.
As of Thursday, more than 42-thousand people were going through treatment a jump of more than 5-thousand 700.
This was more than 73 percent of the maximum number of people authorities initially said they could monitor.
During a special briefing held to explain what the Omicron variant entails KDCA commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong said health authorities would respond accordingly.

"We are expanding the number of hospitals and clinics that are able to monitor patients being treated at home. We're also planning to bring in some 31-thousand courses of antiviral pills at clinics by the end of January. They are currently being used on those with weak immunity and seniors over 60 to prevent them from developing severe illnesses."

Jeong also said though the strain is quite concerning it's not to an extent that it threatens medical capacity.

"After analyzing the regions in Korea hit hardest by Omicron, we realized that the number of infections increased exponentially but the number of those in critical condition was actually lower than the average tally in the country. We've seen the number of critically ill come down and have restored stability in our medical capacity with enough hospital beds available."

Authorities are set to keep the current social distancing measures in place instead of toughening them even after the Lunar New Year holiday when many are expected to travel and visit their relatives.
Starting last month, social gathering numbers have been limited to a maximum of six people while restaurants and cafes had to finish operations by 9 pm.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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