The health authorities in South Korea has announced the presence of Omicron, the new variant of Coronavirus in the country.

It announced on Wednesday that more than 5,000 new Coronavirus infections were recorded in one day for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Office of Disease Control and Prevention reported four suspected cases of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.

Genome sequencing was to be used to determine which variant the patients had been infected with.

It was gathered that most of the 5,123 new infections were reported in Seoul and the country capital.

The total number has however, risen to over 452,000.

So far, more than 80 per cent of the population of about 52 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, a daily record was also reported for intensive care patients with Covid-19.

For the first time, the threshold of 700 was exceeded on Tuesday.

Intensive care beds for Coronavirus patients were almost 80 per cent full nationwide.

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