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4,000 new confirmed cases again… Highest death toll on record

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The recovery of daily life reached a critical juncture within a month.

The number of new COVID-19 cases is recording around 4,000 every day, and the number of severe cases and deaths was the highest since the incident.

Correspondent Choi Ji-sook.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases rose to the 4,000 level again.

As of 00:00 on the 27th, there were 4,068 new confirmed cases, the second largest after the outbreak.

In particular, the spread of Seoul is not serious.

In Seoul, there are 1,881 domestic confirmed cases, which is close to 2,000 a day.

Key quarantine indicators are also deteriorating.

The number of patients with severe cases increased by 17 in a single day to 634, setting a new high again.

According to the quarantine authorities, most of the patients with severe cases are elderly people who are vulnerable to infection, and the number of deaths is also rapidly increasing.

52 more people died, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,492.

The number of deaths per day is also the highest since the pandemic.

The secondary vaccination rate reached about 80% of the population, but breakthrough infections continue.

<권덕철 / 보건복지부 장관> “64% of the confirmed cases are breakthrough infections, and in particular, 85% of those in their 60s and over are breakthrough infections. We hope that the elderly will receive a booster vaccination without delay.”

Hospital beds in the metropolitan area, where confirmed cases are concentrated, are rapidly being exhausted.

As of 5 pm on the 26th, the utilization rate of beds dedicated to severe illness is saturated, with 83.8% in Seoul and 83.5% in Incheon.

Experts are urging the government to make quick decisions.

<엄중식 / 가천대 길병원 감염내과 교수> “Even if the quarantine is strengthened, the effect does not come immediately. It takes at least two to three weeks to see the effect of reducing the number of confirmed cases and blocking the spread of the community… The later the delay, the greater the damage.”

On the 29th, the government will hold a special quarantine inspection meeting in response to COVID-19 presided over by President Moon Jae-in and announce additional measures.

This is Yonhap News TV, Choi Ji-sook.

Yonhap News TV Article Inquiries and Reports: KakaoTalk/Line jebo23

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