SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 14 more cases of COVID-19 variants in recent days, bringing the total number of such cases to 142, the health authorities said Thursday.
Among the newly confirmed cases spotted since Monday, 12 were imported while the remaining two were locally transmitted, according to the Central Disease Control Headquarters.
Out of the combined variant cases, 122 came from Britain, 14 from South Africa and six from Brazil. The three variants are believed to be more transmissible than the original one.
South Korea has banned the passenger flights arriving from Britain since Dec. 23 last year and extended the ban till March 11 to contain the variant entry.
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 396 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 88,516. The daily caseload showed signs of moderating after peaking at 1,240 on Dec. 25 last year.