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South Korea reports 490,881 new Covid-19 cases

Seoul, March 23 (IANS) South Korea reported 490,881 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 10,427,247, health authorities said Wednesday.

The number of daily cases rose sharply from 353,968 the day before, marking the second-highest daily figure here, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The recent resurgence was driven by infections in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the spread of the Omicron variant, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of the new cases, 101,133 were Seoul residents. The number of newly infected people living in Gyeonggi Province and the western port city of Incheon was 136,912 and 24,941 respectively.

The spread of the virus has also raged in the non-metropolitan area. The number of new infections in non-capital areas was 227,853, or 46.4% of total local transmission.

Of the new cases, 42 were imported from abroad, bringing the total to 30,751.

The number of infected people who were in serious condition stood at 1,084, down 20 from the previous day.

A total of 291 additional deaths have been confirmed, leaving the death toll at 13,432. The total fatality rate was 0.13%.

The country administered Covid vaccines to 44,934,142 people, or 87.6% of the total population, and the number of fully vaccinated people was 44,463,740, or 86.6% of the population.

The number of those who received booster shots was 32,449,020 people, or 63.2% of the population.