Fri, 23 Oct 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 70 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 23,045, local health authorities announced Monday.

The daily caseload stayed below 100 for two straight days, after having grown in triple figures for 37 days in a row.

It was attributed 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, 21 were Seoul residents and 18 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Fifteen were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 3,092.

Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 385. The total fatality rate stood at 1.67 percent.

A total of 90 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 20,248. The total recovery rate was 87.86 percent.

Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 2.23 million people, among whom 2,186,008 tested negative for the virus and 22,536 are being checked.

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