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S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases below 20,000 for 3rd day as pandemic slows down

All News 09:50 May 28, 2022

SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported fewer than 20,000 COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day Saturday, with critical cases dropping to a 10-month low, amid the receding omicron wave.

The country added 14,398 new infections, including 45 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 18,067,669, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

The number of critically ill patients stood at 196, dropping below 200 for the first time in around 10 months.

The country added 36 deaths from COVID-19, taking the total to 24,139. The fatality rate stood at 0.13 percent.

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

As of midnight Friday, 44.57 million, or 86.9 percent of the population, had completed the full two-dose vaccinations, and 33.28 million, representing 64.9 percent, had received their first booster shots. More than 3.97 million people had gotten their second booster shots, the KDCA said.

A COVID-19 testing station in Gireum-dong in Seoul is shut down on May 1, 2022, as virus cases are on the decline amid the omicron slowdown. (Yonhap)

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