South Korea tests new virus steps as infections reach new high | The Associated Press

1/27/2022 1:41:00 PM

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea on Wednesday began enforcing new Covid-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods and expanded rapid testing, as its new cases jumped nearly 50% in a day.

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea on Wednesday began enforcing new Covid-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods and expanded rapid testing, as its new cases jumped nearly 50% in a day.

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea on Wednesday began enforcing new Covid-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods and expanded rapid testing, as its new cases jumped nearly 50% in a day. The 13,012 new cases were 4,400 more than the previous single-day high of 8,571 set on Tuesday. It underscores the…

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea on Wednesday began enforcing new Covid-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods and expanded rapid testing, as its new cases jumped nearly 50% in a day.The 13,012 new cases were 4,400 more than the previous single-day high of 8,571 set on Tuesday. It underscores the speed of transmissions driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, which became the country’s dominant strain just last week.

South Korean officials say their early analysis suggests Omicron spreads more than twice as fast as the Delta variant, which spiked the country’s hospitalizations and fatalities during a devastating winter surge, but is also significantly less likely to cause serious illness or death.

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