South Korea's new COVID-19 infections soared to hit another high of over 170,000 on Wednesday, nearly doubling from a week earlier, as the omicron variant continued to spread across the country.

The country reported 171,452 new COVID-19 infections, including 171,271 local cases, raising the total caseload to 2,329,182, Yonhap news agency quoted the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency as saying.

According to Yonhap, the death toll from COVID-19 came to 7,607, up 99 from Tuesday.


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