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South Korea confirms first 2 deaths linked to Omicron variant

By Jasleen Kaur -- January 03, 2022 3:38 pm -- Updated:January 03, 2022 4:17 pm

Seoul (South Korea): South Korea on Monday confirmed its first two deaths linked to Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Two persons in their 90s, who had been hospitalised at a nursing hospital at Gwangju, about 330 km south of Seoul, posthumously tested positive for Omicron, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The first Omicron death was reported on December 27, though before being confirmed to have been infected with the variant on December 30.

The second case was reported on December 29. It has been categorised as an epidemiologically relevant case, which had yet to reach a final conclusion.
All deceased were connected to a cluster infection at the nursing hospital, where 21 persons tested positive for Covid-19.

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The first patient completed the administration of two vaccine doses in late October, while the second patient was fully inoculated in May. In the latest tally, the country reported 3,129 more cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, lifting the total number of infections to 6,42,207. The daily Covid-19 caseload hovered below 4,000 for two days.

The number of Omicron variant infections was 1,318 so far, including 703 imported cases and 615 domestic transmissions, up 111 from the prior day.

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-PTC News 

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