The government, on Wednesday, had reportedly said it expected the wave to top out with daily cases in the mid-400,000.
New Delhi: After a surge in Covid-19 cases in China, neighbouring South Korea witnessed its highest single-day spike after the country clocked more than six lakh new cases of Omicron infections on Thursday for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic on Thursday.
The government on Wednesday had reportedly said that it expects the wave to top out with a single-day count in the mid-4,00,000.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reportedly said on Thursday that South Korea reported a record 6,21,328 new cases of Covid-19 and also a record 429 deaths in a single day. The latest tally marks a 55 per cent surge in just one day. With the new infections, South Korea’s overall caseload has mounted to 8,250,592, the KDCA said.
Notably, China has reported 5,820 new Covid cases in a single day on Tuesday following which nearly 30 million people were under lockdown situation. More than a dozen cities nationwide were fully locked down on Tuesday and several other cities had partial lockdowns.
According to the National Health Commission, the worst hit city is Jilin where over 3,000 new cases were reported and the governor vowed to go all-out to “achieve community zero-Covid in a week” during an emergency meeting on Monday night, state media reported.
Residents of several cities there, including the provincial capital of Changchun – home to nine million people – are under stay-at-home orders. Dozens of domestic flights at airports in Beijing and Shanghai were cancelled Tuesday morning, flight tracking data showed.