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From CNN's Gawon Bae in SeoulThe number of South Koreans who have tested positive for Covid-19 in relation to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the US jumped to 119 on Thursday.Ko Jae-young, spokesman for the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), said some of those who tested positive carried the Omicron variant, without giving specific numbers.In a press release, South Korea's health ministry urged attendees who were exempted from quarantine to work from home for 10 days to prevent spreading the virus.On Thursday, South Korea reported 391 imported Covid-19 cases, a daily record, according to KDCA.In response, South Korea will mandate that international arrivals take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure -- shortened from 72 hours -- starting from January 20, Ko said.Health authorities estimate that the Omicron variant may become the dominant variant in the country by late January, Ko said.Starting from Friday, South Korea will also begin administering Pfizer’s oral treatment pill Paxlovid to patients with a high chance of getting critically ill, those aged 65 or above, and those with reduced immunity, KDCA said in a press release.The country reported 4,167 new cases from Wednesday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 679,030, KDCA said. He is therefore not legally required to self-isolate, according to the guidance established by his government.The news comes as Johnson faces strong criticism after he apologized on Wednesday for attending a "bring your own booze" party in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020, while the country was in lockdown.From CNN's Lizzy YeeSingapore's health minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday gave the country's Parliament a breakdown of Covid-19 deaths among vaccinated patients last year.In 2021, Singapore recorded 802 Covid-19 deaths; some 247 of those who died were fully vaccinated, while 555 were not fully vaccinated, Ong said.Here is the breakdown of vaccinated fatalities:Ong stressed the data is only reflective of a small sample size and does not account for other factors such as age or the timing of vaccination.As of Monday, 87% of Singapore's total population have been fully vaccinated, and 48% have received booster shots.

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