South Korea’s self-test box limit has been set to hit 50,000 for the fifth straight day of COVID-19 cases

2022-08-07 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) –The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported on Monday that 54,619 new COVID-19 cases were reported in South Korea on The previous day.It was the fifth day in a row that new cases in South Korea topped 50,000 in a single day.South Korean health authorities predict that the number of confirmed cases will rise further in the future, given the rapid spread in the country of the novel Coronavirus variant, the highly contagious Omicron strain.The number of confirmed cases in South Korea has exceeded 1.405 million, with 7,102 deaths and an average fatality rate of 0.51%, yonhap news Agency reported, citing the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention.There are now 306 severe cases.The omicron strain is now raging in South Korea, and the number of new cases in a single day has skyrocketed recently. The number of new cases in South Korea exceeded 10,000 for the first time on June 26, exceeded 20,000 for the first time on June 2, exceeded 30,000 for the first time on May 5, exceeded 40,000 for the first time on May 9, and exceeded 50,000 for the first time on May 10.South Korea’s health ministry has warned that the number of new coronavirus cases could reach 170,000 by the end of this month.The National Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, a think tank, estimates that, on current trends, 360,000 new cases will be reported in a single day in early March.The number of patients treated at home with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 reached a new high of 232,000 as of midnight on Monday.As more mild and asymptomatic cases have been reported, the South Korean government has decided to stop daily telephone follow-up visits for low-risk patients who are under observation at home, leaving follow-up visits for high-risk patients aged 60 or older or those with underlying diseases to optimize epidemic prevention and control.Low-risk patients should monitor their health and contact the hospital if their symptoms worsen.This has led to a surge in demand for COVID-19 self-test boxes.In order to stabilize market supply, the South Korean government has banned the online sale of the Novel Coronavirus self-test kits for three weeks from March 13 to March 5. Consumers must purchase them offline from pharmacies and designated convenience store chains, and each person is limited to five boxes at a time.The government will provide self-test kits for 30 million people to pharmacies and designated convenience store chains from Thursday through the end of this month.As of Monday, 44.22 million of South Korea’s 52 million population had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Some 29.43 million people have received the first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.According to Yonhap news agency, the government plans to start a second booster vaccination campaign this month targeting specific groups.(Qiao Ying)