SEOUL, May 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 97 more cases of the COVID-19 variants for the past week, bringing the total number of such cases to 632, the health authorities said Tuesday.
Among the new cases spotted since April 25, 22 were imported from overseas while the remaining 75 were locally transmitted, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Out of the combined variant cases, 551 came from Britain, 71 from South Africa and 10 from Brazil. The three variants are believed to be more transmissible than the original one.
All entrants from foreign countries are required to take two tests for the COVID-19 before being free from the two-week self-quarantine and to offer papers showing negative test results within 72 hours of departure for South Korea.
In the latest tally, South Korea reported 541 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 124,269.
Among the new cases, 27 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 8,427.