According to the report of the Central Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters of South Korea on the 24th local time, as of 0:00 on the same day, there were 170,016 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea compared with the previous day, exceeding 170,000 cases for two consecutive days, and a total of 2,499,188 confirmed cases.
According to data released by the global data website "Our World In Data" on the 24th, South Korea added 1,714.48 million confirmed cases in a single day on the 22nd, ranking second in the world, second only to Germany (221,478).
South Korea's epidemic prevention department explained that the data is related to the stage of the epidemic in various countries. The epidemic situation in many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, has peaked and then declined. Still continue to grow. In addition, relevant experts said that it is now predicted that the peak of confirmed cases in South Korea will exceed 330,000 new cases in a single day, which is higher than the previous forecast of 270,000 cases.
Although most teenagers and children in South Korea are still on vacation, the number of confirmed cases among minors is still increasing rapidly due to "intra-family transmission". In the third week of February (February 13-19), 27.3% of all confirmed cases were children and adolescents. The number of confirmed cases doubled from the previous week, which was greater than the increase in confirmed cases in other age groups during the same period.
In addition, as the start of the school season approaches in March, some parents are worried about the double loop of "intra-school transmission" and "intra-family transmission", which will lead to a vicious circle. In this regard, the Korean Ministry of Education admitted that many students, faculty and staff may be diagnosed in March, and "situations that have never been experienced", and decided to provide new crowns to 6.92 million kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school students and staff. Self-test kits, and actively advise relevant personnel to conduct self-tests on a regular basis; on the other hand, normal teaching is still promoted, and two weeks after the start of the school year is designated as the "New Semester Adaptation Week", and schools can flexibly adopt remote teaching methods.