(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
Seoul, April 24, 2021, SPA -- South Korea's daily new virus cases neared 800 on Friday as growing untraceable cases, coupled with cluster infections, continued to hamper the country's virus fight against the pandemic, Yonhap reported.
The country conditionally approved the use of COVID-19 self-test kits to beef up its testing capacity.
The country reported 797 more COVID-19 cases, including 758 local infections, raising the total caseload to 117,458, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
The daily caseload has been in the upward trend recently. The daily tally was in the 500s on Monday and Tuesday but jumped to the 700 range with 731 on Wednesday and 735 on Thursday, stoking concerns over another wave of the pandemic here.
Untraceable cases accounted for 29 percent of all cases reported in the past two weeks, the highest ever.
The country added three more deaths, raising the total to 1,811. The fatality rate was 1.54 percent.
03:55 LOCAL TIME 00:55 GMT
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