In Korea, the number of people infected with the Omicron mutation, a new mutant virus for COVID-19, increased by 22, bringing the total to 60.

This is the first time that more than 20 infections have been confirmed in a single day.

The Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters (Bangdaebon) announced that as of 00:00 on the 9th, 22 additional cases of Omicron mutation were confirmed.

Of the new confirmed cases added today, 6 are imported cases and 16 are domestic cases.

Of the six cases of foreign inflows, three are from South Africa, two from Mozambique, and one from Ethiopia.

As a result, the cumulative number of infections in Korea has risen to a total of 60, including 38 who were confirmed as mutated until yesterday.

According to the route of infection, 15 were imported from overseas and 45 were infected in Korea.

As of 00:00 yesterday, a total of 56 people (38 infected, 18 suspected) were classified as omicron epidemiologic related cases.

Bang Dae-bon will explain the relationship between the 22 additional confirmed cases of Omicron mutation and the preceding confirmed cases today at a briefing this afternoon.

Most of the confirmed cases and suspected cases of Omicron mutation in Korea confirmed until yesterday are related to the Michuhol-gu Church in Incheon.

The omicron mutation infection, which spread from Mr. A, a pastor belonging to this church, is from Mr. A's acquaintance Mr. B → Mr. B's family ( Mr. C, Mr. D) and acquaintance ( Mr. E) → Mr. C, D, E It has spread to the 5th infection from members of the affiliated church → family members and acquaintances of the member.

After three people, including C, D, and E, attended the church's 400-scale worship program for foreigners on the 28th of last month, members of this church, their families, and acquaintances have been confirmed with Corona 19 one after another.

Many of the confirmed cases of church members are confirmed to be unvaccinated, increasing the possibility of a large-scale group infection centered on churches.