SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 4,542 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 683,566.
The daily caseload was up from 4,166 in the previous day amid the spread of the Omicron variant, which the health authorities expected to become a dominant strain here later this month.
The recent resurgence was attributable to small cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Of the new cases, 835 were Seoul residents. The number of the newly infected people living in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 1,784 and 242 respectively.
The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 1,272, or 30.8 percent of the total local transmission.
Among the new cases, 409 were imported, lifting the total to 20,596.
The number of infected people who were in a serious condition stood at 659, down 42 from the previous day.
Forty-nine more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 6,259. The total fatality rate was 0.92 percent.
The country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 44,447,172 people, or 86.6 percent of the total population, and the number of the fully inoculated people was 43,381,612, or 84.5 percent of the population.
The number of those who received booster jabs was 22,442,130 people, or 43.7 percent of the population.