South Korea tops 5,000 daily Covid cases for first time

South Korea topped 5,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours for the first time Wednesday, marking a new record of both daily infections and critically ill patients, amid concerns over the new Omicron variant.

The country registered 5,123 new cases between midnight Monday and Tuesday, well above the previous record of 4,115 a week ago, according to data released Wednesday by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

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