S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases below 20,000 for 2nd day
The country reported 18,663 new infections, bringing the total caseload to 31,766,502, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
Daily infections remained below 20,000 for the six days through Tuesday but rose above 20,000 on Wednesday and Thursday. They then fell back below the mark Friday.
Saturday's tally is higher than the 17,796 cases a week earlier but lower than the 19,724 cases the previous day.
On Thursday, the country's mask mandate was scaled back, and is now only in effect at hospitals with inpatient rooms and residential-type high-risk facilities.
The mandatory isolation period was also reduced to five days as a recommendation from the previous seven-day requirement.
The health agency also will begin releasing COVID-19 infection data on a weekly basis next week.