South Korea reports fewest virus cases

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said there were 64 new cases as of 0000 AM Monday (1500GMT March 22), taking the national tally to 8,961. The death toll rose by 7 to a total of 111 as of 1200 local time (0300 GMT).

The new numbers marked the 12th day in a row the country has posted new infections of around 100 or less, compared with the peak of 909 cases recorded on February 29.

In contrast, 257 patients were released from hospitals where they had been isolated for treatment, the KCDC said. South Korea posted more recoveries than new infections on March 13 for the first time since its first case was confirmed on January 20.