SEOUL, June 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 602 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 145,692.
The daily caseload was up from 454 in the prior day, rising above 600 in four days. The daily average caseload for the past week was 602.
The daily number of infections hovered in triple figures since Nov. 8 last year due to small cluster infections in the capital Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.
Of the new cases, 181 were Seoul residents and 155 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.
Twenty-one cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 9,220.
Two more deaths were confirmed from the coronavirus epidemic, bringing the death toll to 1,977. The total fatality rate stood at 1.36 percent.
An additional 762 patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 136,174. The total recovery rate was 93.47 percent.
The country has tested over 10.04 million people, among whom 9,767,667 tested negative for the coronavirus and 131,424 are being checked.
Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the Asian country has administered COVID-19 vaccine doses to a total of 9,202,346 people with 2,325,259 of them fully vaccinated.