South Korea reported 37,360 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 18,561,861, the health authorities said Tuesday.
The daily caseload was sharply up from 12,693 in the previous day, doubling 18,136 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
For the past week, the daily average number of confirmed cases was 21,136.
Among the new cases, 260 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to 37,615.
The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 74, up 3 from the previous day.
Seven more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 24,668. The total fatality rate was 0.13 percent.