South Korea reported 1,571 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours.
Daily cases up almost 500 from the previous day's tally.
COVID-19 testing centers tend to conduct fewer tests over the weekend so the rise may be partly duie to that.
Most were locally transmitted cases,.. and notably Gyeongsangbuk-do Province saw 75 new infections.
Two-thirds of them were linked to a cluster outbreak at a middle school in Yeongju.