A disease does not become more or less severe with its classification as a pandemic or endemic. These words only refer to how widespread it is, not how severe it is.
South Korea recorded 6,21,266 new infections and 429 deaths in 24 hours in a record surge. A senior official said explosion of Omicron cases that has been bigger than they expected.
China reported 13,228 cases on Sunday - the highest during the recent outbreak.
China reported two COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the first since January 2021. China is currently witnessing a two-year high surge in COVID cases.