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South Korea reported 661 new coronavirus cases on Friday.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 642 local and 19 imported cases were confirmed in the last 24 hour period, raising the overall tally to 122,007.
Three more lives were taken by the virus, pushing the death toll to 1,828
Health authorities have been grappling with a continued rise in sporadic cluster infections and cases with unknown transmission routes.
The proportion of untraceable cases hit a high of nearly 30 percent over the past two weeks.
Amid fears the country could be enveloped by a fourth wave of COVID-19, authorities decided to maintain social distancing measures and other current restrictions for another three weeks.
Acting Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki said the extensions were necessary, considering the upcoming Children's Day and Buddha's Birthday holidays next month, which could potentially increase infection risks.
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