Additional cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) today fell to their lowest level for a Monday in 12 weeks as the government continues to make every effort to limit cases imported from China.

The Country Reported 14,144 New Infections

The country reported 14,144 new infections, including 64 cases from overseas, bringing the total number of cases to 29,821,035, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. Monday’s daily figure tends to be lower than other days of the week due to fewer tests being carried out over the weekend.

Droppage of Tally Marks

Today’s tally marks a drop of 5,000 from last week and the lowest for a Monday since October 24, when the country reported 14,296 new infections. Of the new imported cases, 41 were from China, according to the KDCA. The nation added 35 deaths from Covid-19, raising the toll to 32,984. The number of critically ill patients stood at 510, up from 499 the day before.

The government is closely monitoring travelers from overseas amid a recent spike in infections in China after the zero-Covid policy was suddenly lifted in December. Earlier this month it began requiring travelers from China to test negative before boarding. They must also undergo a PCR test after arriving in South Korea.

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