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number of new corona 19 confirmed cases has dropped to 500 in six days as the number of holiday inspections has decreased significantly. However, the quarantine authorities are tense as a case of infection with the Indian mutant virus has been confirmed for the first time in Korea.

Reporter Nam Joo-hyun will deliver.


Of the 532 new confirmed cases, 512 are domestic patients excluding 20 foreign patients.

By region, 288 people came from the metropolitan area and 224 people came from the non-metropolitan area.

The number of tests on weekends decreased, and the number of confirmed cases was slowing down to 500 in six days, but group infections are continuing everywhere.

An additional 11 people were confirmed in a sauna in Seo-gu, Daegu, resulting in a cumulative 17, and at a church in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province, the number of infected patients increased to 23 after the first confirmed on the 15th.

In addition to group infections in vulnerable facilities such as churches, restaurants, daycare centers and academies, the presence of hidden sources of infection in local communities makes quarantine difficult.

[Son Young-rae / Head of Social Strategy Division, Central Accident Control Headquarters: Through epidemiological investigations, the proportion of infected people is increasing in the target group, whose speed of epidemiological investigations has not yet been tracked, rather than infections where contacts are quarantined through epidemiological investigations. ]

Among these, it was confirmed that an Indian mutant virus, which is drawing attention as one of the causes of the recent surge in the number of confirmed cases in India, has also been detected in Korea.

Since last January, a mutant virus has been detected in 9 out of 94 confirmed patients entering India.

The quarantine authorities believe that the Indian mutation may make the vaccine less effective, but further research is needed to see if the transmission or fatality rate is as strong as other mutant viruses.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said yesterday (18th) that 4,859 people received the first dose of the Corona 19 vaccine a day, and the number of the first cumulative vaccine was 15,157,000.

Adverse reactions after vaccination increased by 38, including 2 death reports and 2 serious suspected cases.