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S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases below 20,000 as pandemic slows down

National 09:40 May 26, 2022

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported fewer than 20,000 COVID-19 cases Thursday as the rapid spread of the omicron variant is under control.

The country added 18,816 new infections, including 34 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 18,036,720, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

The daily tally fell to a 17-week low for a Thursday and declined around 33 percent from a week earlier, as the virus curve has been trending downward since mid-March.

South Korea's daily caseload peaked at over 621,000 on March 17, driven by the rapid spread of the omicron variant nationwide.

The country added 34 deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 24,063. The fatality rate stood at 0.13 percent. The number of critically ill patients stood at 243, the KDCA said.

A man receives a second booster shot in Seoul, in this file photo taken April 25, 2022. (Yonhap)


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