The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 3,000 for two days in a row today (18th), the highest level since the outbreak of Corona 19.
The Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters (Bangdaebon) announced that as of 00:00 on the same day, the number of new confirmed cases increased by 3,292, bringing the total to 406,65.
This is the highest record in about 1 year and 10 months, or 668 days to be exact, since January 20, last year, when the first patient was reported in Korea.
This is the first time that the number of confirmed cases per day has reached 3,000 for two days in a row, 105 more than the previous day’s 3,187.
As the number of confirmed cases greatly increased, the number of patients with severe cases exceeded 500 for two days in a row, and the number of patients with severe cases counted today is 506.
16 fewer than the previous day’s 522, but continued to exceed the 500, which the government initially suggested that it could respond stably.
As the number of confirmed cases among the elderly increases, the quarantine authorities believe that the rate of increase in the number of patients with severe cases is quite fast compared to the increase in the total number of confirmed cases.
As the number of critically ill patients grows, the number of deaths continues to double.
The previous day, 29 patients died from COVID-19.
In Korea, the trend of proliferation centered on the metropolitan area is remarkable.
A total of 2,583 people (78.9%) were confirmed, including 1,423 in Seoul, 965 in Gyeonggi, and 195 in Incheon.
This is the highest number recorded in the metropolitan area (2,545 people) recorded the previous day, and it is expected that the spread in the metropolitan area will continue in the future.
In the case of Seoul, the second-largest number of confirmed cases was recorded on the previous day (16th) at 1,436, the highest number ever recorded.
In the non-metropolitan area, Gyeongnam 98, Busan 90, Chungnam 80, Daegu 73, Gangwon 61, Jeonbuk 54, Gyeongbuk 50, Jeonnam 40, Daejeon 36, Gwangju 34, Jeju 28, Chungbuk 26 A total of 689 people (21.1%), including 10 in Sejong and 9 in Ulsan, were confirmed in 17 cities and provinces across the country.
The number of confirmed cases is expected to increase further in the future, as both quarantine authorities and experts believe that a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases is inevitable during the step-by-step recovery process.
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