SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 82 more cases of the COVID-19 as of Saturday midnight compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 22,975, health authorities announced Sunday.
The daily caseload fell below 100 in 38 days. It had grown in triple digits since Aug. 14 due to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province linked to church services and a massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug. 15.
Of the new cases, 28 were Seoul residents and 24 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.
Ten were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 3,077.
Five more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 383. The total fatality rate stood at 1.67 percent.
A total of 188 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 20,158. The total recovery rate was 87.74 percent.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 2.22 million people, among whom 2,179,452 tested negative for the virus and 24,274 are being checked.