South Korea’s COVID-19 cases climbed by 64 to 8,961 last Monday, as the government tightened rules on social distancing.
The new cases marked the lowest daily increase in a month in the country, continuing a downward trend in new infections from the peak of 909 cases reported on February 29.
The death toll rose by seven to 111, with the overall fatality rate standing at 1.24 percent, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate is 6.3 percent for those in their 70s and 11.6 percent for those in their 80s.
Of the new cases, 24 were reported in Daegu, the city at the center of the outbreak. The cases in Daegu represent 72 percent of the country’s total. Some 3,166 people were discharged from quarantine, up 257 from the previous day.
So far, over 338,000 were tested for the virus, with 315,000 having tested negative. Some 14,000 are awaiting test results as of Monday.