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South Korea on Wednesday records highest number of daily infections at 7,175 Updated: 2021-12-08 09:41:44 KST

It's the first time the country's daily caseload has surpassed 7-thousand.
On Wednesday, the total daily tally reached 7-thousand 1-hundred 75.
The number of critically ill patients also went up by 66 going above the 8-hundred mark also for the first time since the pandemic began.
The exact number was 8-hundred 40.

Regarding the sudden uptick, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum shared his concerns.

"We've seen a sharp jump in daily infections and our medical capacity is quickly running short."

Accordingly, the Prime Minister said the country would enhance the "at-home treatment" system.
To make treating patients at home an easier and more convenient option, the Prime Minister proposed on reducing the number of days of at-home treatment from 10 to 7 days.
He also said financial stipends would be given out based on the number of people in each household.
Oral COVID-19 medication will also be given to those in the high-risk category being treated at home, from early next year.

Apart from "at-home treatment", the Prime Minister called for active participation in vaccinations from teens and seniors eligible for booster shots.
He also asked anyone showing symptoms to actively get testedwhich would significantly help contain the spread of Omicron cases.
The number of people infected with the Omicron variant rose by 2bringing the total number of cases to 38.

What's worrisome is that some of the Omicron infections we've witnessed so far in the country have been transmitted very quickly.
One person was infected by just being inside the same restaurant as an individual, who was later confirmed to have Omicron.
The contact had been brief, only 1 to 2 minutes, prompting authorities to say that Omicron seems to be much more transmissible than the Delta variant.
They added, there is a very high chance Omicron can spread through the airwhich means spread is not just possible through direct contact but also by staying in a closed space for a period of time with someone that has been infected.
It remains to be seen just how contagious Omicron is and how easily it can spread compared to other variants.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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