Sat, 25 Sep 2021

SEOUL, July 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's daily COVID-19 cases hit a new record high as the fourth wave of outbreaks raged both in the capital and non-capital areas.

The country reported 1,896 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 193,427, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

It was the highest daily caseload since the country's first case was found in January last year, surpassing the previous high of 1,842 tallied on July 22.

The daily caseload was sharply up from 1,365 in the prior day, hovering above 1,000 for 22 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week rose to 1,595.

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

Of the new cases, 568 were Seoul residents. The number of infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 543 and 101 respectively.

The combined figure of 1,212 spotted in the greater Seoul area accounted for 66.5 percent of the locally transmitted cases.

Concern emerged about the growing number of confirmed cases in the non-metropolitan area ahead of the summer vacation season, when people in the capital region moved to non-capital areas to enjoy summer holidays.

The number of newly infected people in the non-capital areas was 611, or 33.5 percent of the total local transmission. The number stayed above 500 for the eighth consecutive day.

Seventy-three cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 11,733.

Four more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,083. The total fatality rate stood at 1.08 percent.

A total of 1,865 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 170,494. The total recovery rate was 88.14 percent.

The country has tested over 11.58 million people, among whom 11,068,234 tested negative for the virus and 323,954 are being checked.

Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 17,902,938 people with 6,972,670 fully vaccinated.

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