South Korea recorded 111,319 new Covid-19 cases as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 16,583,220, the health authorities said Wednesday.

The daily caseload was slightly down from 118,504 recorded in the previous day and far lower than 195,393 a week earlier, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

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The health authorities believed that the daily caseload has been on the decline following the resurgence, driven by the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus and its subvariant BA.2, which peaked in mid-March.

The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 808, down by 26 from the previous day.

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