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Severe cases ‘the most’… Omicron confirmed for the first time in Seoul

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The number of new COVID-19 cases today approached 5,000.

The number of severe cases exceeded 770, breaking the record again, and the death toll was 64, the second highest in history.

Reporter Park Jin-joo reports.

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As of 00:00 today, there were 774 cases of severe COVID-19 in Korea, continuing the number of 700 people for a week.

This is an increase of 47 people from yesterday, a record high.

The number of people who died from COVID-19 was 64, the second highest after 70 people as of the 4th.

Among the dead, 61 people aged 60 and over accounted for the most, and 1 were each in their 40s, 50s, and under 10.

As of 00:00 today, there were 4,954 new confirmed cases.

This is an increase of 629 from the number of confirmed cases as of yesterday, the highest number on record as of Tuesday’s announcement.

As the number of confirmed cases increases, the hospital beds are also getting worse.

The utilization rate of intensive care beds nationwide was 78.2% and 83.6% in the metropolitan area.

In particular, Seoul recorded 88.1% and Incheon 93.7%.

The government announced that it plans to secure more than 600 beds for severe and semi-severe cases by designating two additional hospitals exclusively for bases.

The number of confirmed patients waiting for hospital bed assignment in the metropolitan area was 919, a slight decrease from yesterday.

The number of infected with the mutant virus, Omicron, continues to increase.

With 12 additional confirmed cases, the cumulative number of Omicron infections has risen to 36.

In particular, as it was confirmed that three foreign students attending Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Kyunghee University, and Seoul National University were infected with the Omicron mutation, the possibility of the spread of the Omicron mutation is raised mainly in Seoul university districts.

The government said it plans to intensively crack down on compliance with quarantine passes for restaurants and entertainment facilities with many year-end gatherings.

This is Park Jin-joo from MBC News.

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