Yesterday (21st), there were 7,009 new confirmed cases of Corona 19, and it rose to the 7,000 level again in about a month.

It exceeds the figure that the government initially announced as a standard for transition to the response stage of Omicron, and it is expected that Omicron will become the dominant species in Korea soon.

Correspondent Kim Deok-hyun.

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were 7,009 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It is the first time in 31 days since the 22nd of last month that it has risen to the 7,000 level.

There were 6,729 cases in Korea and 280 cases imported from abroad.

There were 4,460 cases, or 66% of the domestic confirmed cases, in the metropolitan area, and 2,383 cases were confirmed in Gyeonggi Province alone.

The government announced that the first 7,000 new confirmed cases as a standard for immediate transition to Omicron's response stage exceeded expectations by four days earlier than expected. I see it.

The government is planning to change the system gradually over the next one to two weeks, but as the detection rate of Omicron has risen to 47.1%, it has decided to introduce a new test and treatment system first, starting with the dominant regions.

From four locations in Gwangju, Jeonnam, Pyeongtaek, and Anseong, 43 regional respiratory clinics will be put into testing and treatment.

The nationwide expansion will be decided in consideration of the results of the new system operation and the Omicron epidemic situation.

The number of patients with severe gastritis increased by two from the previous day to 433.

The death toll rose by 28, so far 6,529 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Yesterday, about 460,000 people received the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, making the vaccination rate 48.6% of the total population.