SEOUL, July 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 1,674 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 195,099.
The daily caseload was down from the record high of 1,895 tallied in the previous day, but it hovered above 1,000 for 23 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,571.
The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.
Of the new cases, 508 were Seoul residents and 460 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.
Forty-two cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 11,775.
The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region 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 570, or 34.9 percent of the total local transmission. The number stayed above 500 for the ninth consecutive day.
Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,085. The total fatality rate stood at 1.07 percent.
A total of 1,065 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 171,559. The total recovery rate was 87.93 percent.
The country has tested over 11.63 million people, among whom 11,100,081 tested negative for the virus and 342,326 are being checked.
Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 18,382,137 people with 7,018,654 fully vaccinated.