Governments across the world are tightening restrictions as the Omicron variant continues to drive up COVID-19 cases globally; South Korea, India and Africa, for instance, have reported a surge in their COVID-19 cases.

Iran PressHealth: South Korea's daily number of COVID-19 cases hit a record high amid the spread of the Omicron variant, the health authorities said on Saturday.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), the country reported 54,941 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 1,294,205.

The daily caseload was up from 53,926 in the previous day, hovering above 50,000 for the third consecutive day.

The recent resurgence was driven by infections in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which became a dominant strain here.

Of the new cases, 13,189 were Seoul residents. The number of the newly infected people living in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 15,952 and 5,059 respectively.

The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 20,628, or 37.6 percent of the total local transmission.

Among the new cases, 113 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to 27,090.

The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 275, up four from the previous day.

Thirty-three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 7,045. The total fatality rate was 0.54 percent.

The country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 44,725,434 people, or 87.2 percent of the total population, and the number of the fully inoculated people was 44,207,093, or 86.1 percent of the population.

The number of those who received booster jabs was 29,244,945 people, or 57.0 percent of the population.

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India's COVID-19 tally rose to 42,586,544 on Saturday, as 50,407 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 804 deaths were recorded since Friday morning, taking the death toll to 507,981.

Currently there are 610,443 active cases in the country, with a decrease of 87,359 during the period. This was the 19th consecutive day when the number of Active cases declined in the country.

A total of 41,468,120 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, with 136,962 new recoveries.

Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 11 mln

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 11,001,034 as of Friday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The death toll across the continent has reached 243,497 and 10,126,527 patients have recovered from the disease so far, said the healthcare agency of the African Union.

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South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia are among the countries with the most cases on the continent, said the Africa CDC.

South Africa has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Africa with 3,634,811 cases, followed by Morocco with 1,152,414 cases as of Friday evening, said the agency.

In terms of caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region in Africa, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected, according to the Africa CDC.


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