S.Korea's new Covid-19 cases rise to 2-month high of over 37,000
Seoul, July 12 (IANS) South Korea's new coronavirus cases surged to a two-month high of more than 37,000 on Tuesday, driven by the spread of a highly contagious new Omicron subvariant and deepening concerns over another virus wave.
The country added 37,360 new Covid-19 infections, including 260 from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 18,561,861, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
Tuesday's figure is the highest since May 11, when the daily count came to 43,908 in the aftermath of the Omicron wave. It also more than doubled from 19,371 cases logged a week earlier, as the country has seen an increase in infections from June-end.
The KDCA reported seven deaths from the virus, putting the death toll at 24,668. The fatality rate stood at 0.13 per cent, Yonhap news agency reported.
The number of critically-ill patients came to 74 on Monday, up from Sunday's 71.