Fri, 23 Apr 2021

SEOUL, March 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 424 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 91,240.

The daily caseload was down from 444 in the previous day, but it stayed in the 300s and 400s since mid-February.

The daily number of infections hovered above 100 since Nov. 8 last year owing to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Of the new cases, 117 were Seoul residents and 177 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Twenty-three cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 7,129.

Seven more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,619. The total fatality rate stood at 1.77 percent.

A total of 462 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 82,162. The total recovery rate was 90.05 percent.

The country has tested more than 6.75 million people, among whom 6,600,571 tested negative for the virus and 60,089 are being checked.

Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country has administered the first shot of COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 154,421 people.

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