SEOUL, July 12 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 44 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Sunday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 13,417.
The daily caseload rose above 40 in two days amid the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.
Of the new cases, 23 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,829. It continued to increase in double digits for 17 straight days.
Small cluster infections were found linked to religious gatherings and door-to-door sales businesses.
One more death was confirmed, raising the death toll at 289. The total fatality rate stood at 2.15 percent.
A total of 34 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 12,178. The total recovery rate was 90.8 percent.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 1.4 million people, among whom 1,366,897 tested negative for the virus and 21,830 are being checked.