South Korea's daily COVID count tops 8,000 for first time amid Omicron spread

Hyonhee Shin, Reuters

Posted at Jan 25 2022 09:30 AM

People sit inside a bus during snowfall, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in central Seoul, South Korea, January 17, 2022. Kim Hong-Ji/ TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY, Reuters
People sit inside a bus during snowfall, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in central Seoul, South Korea, January 17, 2022. Kim Hong-Ji/ TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY, Reuters

SEOUL - South Korea's daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 8,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Omicron variant spreads rapidly despite the recent extension of strict social-distancing rules to slow infection.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 8,571 cases for Monday, exceeding the previous high posted in mid-December of 7,848.

The new record came amid the spread of the more transmissible Omicron variant which became dominant last week. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Christopher Cushing)

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