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S. Korea records no 'meaningful' excess mortality during pandemic

All News 12:00 July 29, 2020

SEJONG, July 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has recorded no "meaningful" excess mortality during the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed Wednesday.

A total of 3,213 more people than usual have died in South Korea since January, according to the data released by Statistics Korea.

However, Statistics Korea said there has been no "meaningful excess deaths" from the pandemic because more elderly people than usual died in the winter season.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excess deaths are defined as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods and expected numbers of deaths in the same time periods.

The CDC said excess mortality can provide data on the burden of mortality potentially related to the pandemic.

South Korea reported hundreds of new virus cases per day in late February and early March but appeared to bring the outbreak under control.

On Wednesday, South Korea reported 48 newly confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, bringing its total caseload to 14,251 infections and 300 deaths.

This photo taken July 28, 2020, shows health workers guiding arrivals at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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