December 02, 2021 10:27
Two more Koreans have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, bringing total confirmed cases to five, health authorities here said Wednesday.
The new cases are two women in their 50s from Gyeonggi Province who returned from Nigeria on Nov. 23.
The first three were a missionary couple who had returned from Nigeria in late November and an Uzbek friend who picked them up from the airport here.
The wife, mother-in-law and a friend of the driver's as well as the couple's son have also tested positive for COVID-19, but the strain is still being investigated. The driver moved freely around Incheon from Nov. 24 until he tested positive on Nov. 29. A health official said almost 80 people came into contact with them.
The couple were fully vaccinated, so they did not face any restrictions after their PCR test on the day of their arrival.
Amid a growing concern over the new variant, health authorities decided to strengthen screening, so all international arrivals will be required to undergo 10 days' quarantine for the next two weeks, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.
On Thursday morning, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 5,266 with 733 severe cases.
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