South Korea’s cumulative new crown confirmed cases exceed 20 million

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, August 3. The Korean Agency for Disease Control announced on the 3rd that nearly 120,000 new confirmed cases of new crown were added in South Korea the previous day, and the cumulative number of confirmed new crown cases exceeded 20 million.

According to Yonhap News Agency, this is a “severe milestone” in South Korea’s epidemic. The total population of South Korea is about 51.6 million.

On July 12, passengers wear masks on a bus in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Yiliang

Since the cumulative number of confirmed cases of the new crown in South Korea exceeded 1 million on February 5 this year, the virus caused by the mutant strain of the new coronavirus Omikron The number of infected cases has increased rapidly. The cumulative number of confirmed cases exceeded 5 million on March 8, and exceeded 10 million and 15 million on March 22 and April 8, respectively. Since then, the number of newly confirmed cases in a single day has declined for a while, and it took 116 days for the cumulative number of confirmed cases to increase from 15 million to 20 million.

According to the Department of Disease Management’s report on the 3rd, South Korea reported 26 new deaths from the new crown the day before. The number of confirmed cases imported from abroad has reached 600, a new high since the outbreak of the epidemic.

According to the data of the Department of Disease Management, 5 new confirmed cases of the new subtype BA.2.75 of the Omicron virus strain were added in South Korea, all of which were imported from abroad. BA.2.75 is a second-generation variant evolved from the first-generation Omicron variant, BA.2, and early evidence suggests that BA.2.75 may be more contagious than BA.2. South Korea has so far confirmed 14 cases of BA.2.75 infection, of which 11 are imported cases. (Qiao Ying)