The number of new COVID-19 cases soared to 36,000. In just one day, the number surged to nearly 9,000. Looking at the tentative tally at this time, it seems that this surge will not stop for a while.
First news, this is reporter Jo Yoon-ha.
In front of a hospital in Seoul. People have been lining up to be tested since the morning of the weekend.
[112번 고객님 1번 창구로 오십시오.]
[정철수/서울 강남구 : 회사 내에서 확진자가 발생했다고 그래서요. 가족들이 감염되는 게 우려되는 게 있기 때문에, 아기도 있고 그러니까…]
There were 36,362 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the first to reach the 30,000 level.
The daily increase was also the largest at 8,900.
It surpassed 10,000 on the 26th of last month, 20,000 in one week, and 30,000 in three days.
The number of confirmed cases is increasing faster than the government expected.
The positive rate, which means the ratio of confirmed cases to the number of tests, is 18.7%, which means that if 10 people are tested, close to 2 people have been confirmed.
In addition to the spread of Omicron, the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase further if the impact of the Lunar New Year holiday, which has had a lot of movement, begins in earnest.
[정재훈/가천대 의대 예방의학과 교수 : 오미크론의 전파 능력이 매우 높고 세대기(전파 감염 속도)가 짧은 상황이기 때문에 (확진자가) 2배씩 증가하고 있는 상태이고. 이 정도 추세가 몇 주간 이어질 수 있다고 생각합니다.]
Contrary to this trend, the number of severe cases and deaths has not followed suit.
The number of severe cases increased by 12 from the previous day, but it has remained in the 200 range for the eighth day, and the death toll is around 20 for a week.
However, if the number of confirmed cases increases at the current rate, there is still a possibility that the number of severe cases and deaths will follow.
(Video coverage: Choi Jun-sik, video editing: Kim Jong-mi, CG: Park Cheon-woong)