New COVID-19 cases drop in day 4 due to lower testing

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases fell for a fourth straight day on Sunday as virus tests fell over the weekend, amid a rapid spread of the virus. , remained above the 100,000 mark for six consecutive days. A highly contagious subvariety of Omicron.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KDCA), the country added 119,603 new COVID-19 infections, including 460 from abroad, bringing the total number of cases to 21,355,958.

The tally is down from 128,714 on Friday and 124,592 on Saturday.

The decline was largely due to fewer tests over the extended weekend, including Liberation Day on 15 August.

South Korea reported 57 more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 25,623, according to KDCA.

The number of critically ill cases increased to 512 from 469 the day before.

Daily COVID-19 cases have trended downward after peaking at around 620,000 in mid-March. However, new infections began to surge, largely due to the lifting of restrictions on the virus and the rapid spread of Omicron subspecies BA.5. New COVID-19 cases drop in day 4 due to lower testing

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