SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea experienced its deadliest day of the pandemic on Tuesday, with 293 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, as the country grapples with a record rise in coronavirus infections. coronavirus caused by the rapidly evolving omicron variant.
The 1,196 patients infected with the virus in serious or critical conditions was also a new record. Health officials said the country’s medical response remained stable after efforts to increase resources, with more than 30% of intensive care units designated for COVID-19 treatment still available. But the pressure on the hospital system is expected to increase in the coming weeks, given the delays between infections, hospitalizations and deaths.