A medical worker takes information from a person waiting in a long line to receive a coronavirus test amid a spike in sporadic cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding cities.
The daily number of new coronavirus cases in South Korea has jumped past 100 for the first time in 20 days.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday 103 new infections from the previous day, raising the total case count to 14,873.
Eighty-five of them were domestic cases, marking an over four-month high for local transmissions.
A majority 72 were from the capital region, linked to several sporadic outbreaks including those from a church and high schools in the city of Yongin, a shopping area in Seoul's Dongdaemun District and a cluster of infections involving a gathering of workers from a Lotteria fast-food chain.
The KCDC said 18 of the latest cases were imported from abroad, seven of which were detected at border checkpoints.
There were no new fatalities, leaving the death toll unchanged at 305, while the recovery figure reached 13,863, up 46 from Thursday.
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