South Korea records more than 700 new Covid cases

South Korea has recorded 731 new coronavirus cases, as the country battles to stem the number of infections with more testing and vaccination efforts.

New cases are centered on the greater Seoul area and have spread to over a dozen city and provinces despite rigid social distancing rules.

Health authorities say they would consider the use of COVID-19 self-test kits despite their relatively low accuracy amid fears of a potential fourth wave of outbreaks.