With the micron mutation spreading so fast that the detection rate is close to half, the number of new corona19 patients on the 22nd is expected to record mid-6,000. From next week, Omicron is expected to be the dominant species, and from Wednesday, a new test and treatment system will be applied in the Omicron dominant region.

Correspondent Kim Deok-hyun.


In the past week, the number of confirmed cases of USFK in Korea is 501.

In particular, as the number of infections increased from the end of last year, centered on the Pyeongtaek base, the number of confirmed cases in Gyeonggi-do again recorded the highest number in one day.

This is due to the prevalence of fast-propagating omicron mutations.

The detection rate of Omicron, which was around 1% at the end of last year nationwide, soared to 47.1% this week.

[Lee Ki-il / Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters 1st Controller: The dominant species is expected next week. It will probably convert by 80-90%. ]

Among the diagnostic tests, the positive rate, which is the confirmation rate, is at a high level of 3% for the fourth day.

It means that there are so many hidden infections in the community.

It is said that if the number of tests increases to the level in mid-March when the number of confirmed cases around 7,000 continues, the number of confirmed cases may increase.

The government said it would switch to the Omicron response stage when 7,000 confirmed cases arrive, but it is expected to arrive on the 26th, and the new test and treatment system will be applied from that day.

From four locations in Gwangju, Jeonnam, Pyeongtaek, and Anseong, where Omicron is the dominant species, 43 respiratory clinics in the region will be put into testing and treatment.

Nationwide application was decided based on the Omicron epidemic situation.

The government, meanwhile, has revised the guidelines so that if the bereaved family wants to, the funeral begins first by changing the way the bereaved family does not even see the face of the corona deceased.