Increasing number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that the country recorded 40,266 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
This is the first time South Korea has recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the past 2 months.
At a meeting to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said that the number of new COVID-19 cases could reach 200,000 between mid-August and late September.
BA.5 variant popular in Europe at the end of July
Sub-variant BA.5 will become common in most European countries by the end of July. The warning was issued by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control yesterday.
In the past three weeks, the number of new cases and hospitalizations has increased sharply in EU countries, the agency said. Earlier this week, EU health authorities recommended that member states make a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine available to all people over 60 as well as vulnerable people.
Omicron sub-lines increase the number of COVID-19 cases in the Americas
The Pan-American Health Organization yesterday warned that the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the Americas due to the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lines of the Omicron variant is on the rise.
According to the analysis of medical experts, one person infected with the Delta variant can infect up to 5.1 people, but sub-lines of the Omicron variant, especially BA.5 can infect up to 18.6 people.
However, this expert insists that the new sublines do not cause the same severe symptoms as previous variants.