Critically ill Covid patients continued to climb even as new infections fell below 50,000, health authorities said Monday.
The total number of Covid-19 patients in critical condition in Korea hit a two-month high over the weekend even as newly confirmed daily Covid-19 cases fell below 80,000 for the first time in a week, health authorities said Sunday.
The Korean government on Wednesday announced everyday measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, including working from home and recommending those with symptoms take time off.
Korea’s daily Covid-19 cases soared to nearly 100,000 on Tuesday as the country enters its first wave of the pandemic without any major restrictions.
Daily Covid-19 cases in Korea remained over 20,000 for a second consecutive day Sunday as the government contemplated new anti-virus measures in response to an ongoing resurgence in infections.
Korea will begin research on long Covid by conducting follow-up studies of 10,000 people who were infected of Covid-19 over three years.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Korea should expect a peak of approximately 250,000 daily Covid cases in mid-March as the case count hit 165,890 on Friday.
Korea's Omicron cases hit a daily record of 109 Wednesday, reaching triple digits for the first time, while the number of critically ill patients in the country also soared to a new high of 1,151.
Daily Covid-19 cases dropped to the 3,000s for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday amid tightened social distancing measures, while critically ill patients remained above 1,000 for the eighth consecutive day.
Korea will limit private gatherings to four people nationwide and restore a nighttime curfew on restaurants and many other businesses starting Saturday, putting a pause on the living with Covid-19 scheme.