South Korea's new COVID-19 cases

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Seoul, Oct. 16 (BNA): South Korea's new COVID-19 cases stayed below 30,000 for the fourth consecutive day as infections have been on a decline in recent weeks.


The country reported 21,469 new COVID-19 infections, including 87 from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 25,120,465, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, Yonhap reported.


The country reported 32 deaths from COVID-19, raising the death toll to 28,840. The number of critically ill patients came to 247, up two from a day earlier.


South Korea has seen a gradual downtrend in new infections after peaking at over 180,000 cases on August 17.


In response to the waning infections, health authorities have eased antivirus restrictions, including lifting all outdoor mask mandates and the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing requirement for inbound travelers.


However, authorities have warned of a possible outbreak of a "twindemic" of COVID-19 and the seasonal influenza this winter.


Of the locally transmitted 21,382 cases, Seoul reported 4,190 new infections, while Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital added 6,091. Incheon, a port city 27 kilometers west of Seoul, identified 1,281 new cases.