Thu, 28 Oct 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 2,008 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 281,938.

The daily caseload was up from 1,943 in the prior day, hovering above 1,000 for 73 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,797.

The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.

Of the new cases, 738 were Seoul residents. The number of the newly infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 655 and 139.

The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 441, or 22.4 percent of the total local transmission.

Thirty-five cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 14,084.

Three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,389. The total fatality rate stood at 0.85 percent.

A total of 2,056 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 254,094. The total recovery rate was 90.12 percent.

Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 35,414,516 people, or 69.0 percent of the total population.

The number of the fully vaccinated people was 21,489,009, or 41.8 percent of the population.

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