COVID Infections Rise But Critical Cases, Deaths Remain Low

      August 18, 2022 11:12

      COVID infections are on the rise in Korea, but critical cases and deaths remain low, health authorities said Wednesday.
      According to Our World in Data, confirmed cases stood at around 14,000 per 1 million people in the first week of August, which is higher than the 11,000 in Japan and 2,000 in the U.S., but the number of fatalities is smaller than in both countries.
      People wait to get tested for coronavirus in Seoul on Wednesday.
      "The number of confirmed cases is not at a worrisome level," said Jung Ki-suck at Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital. "When COVID infections peaked in March, fatalities started rising two weeks later, but the latest death rates are not rising in tandem with infections."
      The ratio of serious cases has fallen from 0.12-0.20 percent between February to April of this year to 0.08 percent in the last week of July, while the fatality rate dropped from 0.08-0.13 percent to 0.03 percent. That is the lowest in the OECD, probably because the vaccination rate in Korea is high.
      Travelers wait to get tested for coronavirus at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. /News1
      "We must not let our guard down, but we can go about our daily lives while protecting and taking care of those in high-risk groups," Jung added.
      On Thursday morning, Korea reported 178,574 new coronavirus cases, slightly down from over 180,000 the previous day.
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