South Korea reported 407,017 new cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, bringing the total number of infections to 8,657,609, health authorities said Friday.

The daily caseload had fallen sharply from a record high of 621,328 a day earlier, but was the second highest number, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The recent resurgence was caused by infections in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the spread of the Omicron variety.

Of the new cases, 81,997 were residents of Seoul. The number of newly infected people in Gyeonggi Province and the western port city of Incheon was 113,673 and 25,797, respectively.

The spread of the virus also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 185,511, or 45.6 percent of the total local transmission.

Of the new cases, 39 were imported, bringing the total to 30,539.

The number of infected people in a serious condition stood at 1,049, 110 less than the day before.

A total of 301 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 11,782. The overall death rate was 0.14 percent.

The country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 44,920,469 people, or 87.5 percent of the total population, and the number of fully vaccinated people was 44,449,882 or 86.6 percent of the population.

The number of those who received booster shots was 32,261,650 people or 62.9 percent of the population.


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