January 04, 2022 12:17
Korea has reported its first deaths linked to the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
Health officials said Monday that two patients at a nursing home in the southwestern city of Gwangju, both aged 90, died of COVID-19 after contracting the variant.
One tested positive for the virus on Dec. 26 and died the following day, with test results obtained three days later showing she had been infected with the variant. She received her second shot of AstraZeneca's vaccine in October of last year.
The other person was found to have been infected by COVID-19 on Dec. 25 and died four days later. She was fully vaccinated with Pfizer's vaccine in May last year.
They were among 21 people to test positive for COVID-19 at the nursing home after a caretaker was found to have contracted the virus on Dec. 24. Three of them were found to have contracted the variant.
The two deaths were apparently caused by age-related complications, as the Omicron variant is thought to be highly contagious but may be less severe.
Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 3,024 with 973 severe cases as of Tuesday morning.
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