SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new COVID-19 cases stayed below 30,000 for the third straight day Sunday as the virus wave has been gradually slowing down, coupled with fewer tests over the extended weekend.
The country reported 23,597 new COVID-19 infections, including 246 from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 24,819,611, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
The tally was down from the 28,497 reported Friday and 26,960 Saturday.
The latest virus wave, triggered by the spread of a highly contagious omicron variant, has been on a decline since mid-August, when it peaked at more than 180,000 cases.
The fall in the virus count Sunday is also attributable to less testing over the extended weekend that includes the Oct. 3 National Foundation Day.
The country reported 44 more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the death toll to 28,489.
The number of critically ill patients came to 353, down three from a day earlier, the KDCA said.
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