22 May 2022, 10:37

S.Korea reports 19,298 new COVID-19 cases

SEOUL, May 22, 2022 (BSS/Xinhua) - South Korea reported 19,298 new COVID-19
cases as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total
number of infections to 17,957,697, the health authorities said Sunday.

The daily caseload was down from 23,462 the previous day and lower than
25,425 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and
Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The health authorities believed that the daily caseload has been on the
decline following the Omicron variant-driven resurgence, which may have
peaked in the middle of March.

Among the new cases, 24 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to
32,511. The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood
at 229, down 6 from the previous day.

A total of 54 more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 23,965.
The total fatality rate was 0.13 percent. The number of people who received
two doses of COVID-19 vaccines was 44,569,425 or 86.9 percent of the total
population, and the figure for those getting booster jabs was 33,262,827
people, or 64.8 percent of the population.