South Korea’s new COVID-19 instances fell to their lowest tally in practically 4 months Monday amid a slowing virus pattern giving a lift to efforts for a return to normalcy.
The nation reported 13,296 new COVID-19 infections, together with 28 from abroad, bringing the entire caseload to 17,795,357, the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) stated.
Monday’s depend is the bottom for the reason that 13,005 reported on Jan. 26.
The omicron wave unfold quickly throughout the nation early this 12 months, peaking at greater than 620,000 on March 17, earlier than marking a gentle decline to the present stage.
The general public well being company reported 35 COVID-19 deaths, elevating the entire to 23,744. The fatality charge stood at 0.13 %.
The variety of critically unwell sufferers reached 345, up from the day gone by’s 338.
The federal government is anticipated to determine later this week whether or not to additional loosen up COVID-19-related restrictions, notably the seven-day necessary quarantine requirement for confirmed sufferers.
A medical employee guides a customer at a COVID-19 testing sales space close to Seoul Station in central Seoul on Could 16, 2022. (Yonhap)
“We’re analyzing the quarantine indicators and state of affairs relating to the preparations for the medical system,” the central virus response staff stated. “We’re going to begin the discussions throughout the authorities in earnest.”
Officers had set a four-week interim interval to offer time for preparations earlier than shifting medical and different related procedures underneath a post-pandemic scheme, after they downgraded the infectious illness stage for COVID-19 late final month. The interim interval ends this Friday.
South Korea started to permit Pfizer’s Paxlovid oral COVID-19 tablet prescriptions for kids age 12 and underneath with underlying illnesses, together with diabetes and cardiovascular, renal and respiratory sicknesses. MSD’s Lagevrio is allowed for these age 18 and over with underlying illnesses.
The oral remedies had solely been prescribed to aged sufferers aged 60 and over, individuals aged 40 and over with underlying sicknesses and people with weak immune techniques.
As of midnight Sunday, 44.56 million, or 86.8 % of the inhabitants, had accomplished the total two-dose vaccinations, and 33.22 million, representing 64.7 %, had obtained their first booster photographs. A complete of three.46 million individuals had gotten their second booster photographs, the KDCA stated.