,People wait in line to take tests at a Covid-19 testing station as the number of new cases in South Korea surpassed 10,000 again, in Seoul. – EPA pic, July 2, 2022.

SOUTH Korea’s new Covid-19 cases bounced back to over 10,000 today as the daily infections seemed poised to take an upturn again after months of decline.

The country added 10,715 Covid-19 infections, including 173 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 18,379,552, Yonhap news agency quoted the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) as saying.

The tally increased from 9,528 the previous day and 6,786 a week ago.

The country added seven Covid-19 deaths, raising the death toll to 24,562. The fatality rate stood at 0.13%.

South Korea’s Covid-19 outbreaks have shown a downward trend after daily cases peaked at an all-time high of over 620,000 in mid-March.

But KDCA has said the pace of decline has recently slowed down amid waning immunity and eased social distancing rules.

Authorities said the nation’s mobility increased during the summer vacation season, accelerating the spread of Covid-19 subvariants.

Overseas infections remained high in Incheon – where Incheon International Airport is located – at 53.

The jump is in line with the increasing number of international flights to the country.

Last month, Seoul lifted the seven-day self-isolating requirement for all international entries, regardless of travellers’ nationalities and history of vaccination. – Bernama, July 2, 2022.

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