Omicron Infections Surpass 100 in Korea

  • By Sun Jung-min

    December 14, 2021 10:59

    The number of Koreans infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surpassed 100 on Monday, less than two weeks since the first case was found. But while it spreads even faster than the Delta variant it seems to be less severe.

    One out of four Omicron carriers and suspected cases showed no symptoms, but the rate of spread was twice as fast as Delta's.

    According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, five more Omicron infections were found as of Tuesday morning, raising the total to 119.

    People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus at a makeshift facility in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

    The government studied 123 cases -- 90 confirmed cases and 33 suspected -- and found that a quarter showed no symptoms. Some of them spread the virus to others. The incubation period was only 2.8 to 3.4 days, half as long as the Delta variant's 2.9 to 6.3 days.

    One out of three people infected with Omicron had been fully vaccinated, but all had only minor symptoms such as fever, sore throat and coughing.

    The daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 5,567 on Tuesday, with 906 severe cases and 94 deaths.

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