SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 1,716 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 292,699.
The daily caseload was slightly down from 1,720 in the prior day, but it hovered above 1,000 for 79 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,825.
The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Of the new cases, 640 were Seoul residents. The number of newly infected people residing in Gyeonggi province and the western port city of Incheon was 544 and 108.
The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region. The number of new infections in the non-capital areas was 406, or 23.9 percent of the total local transmission.
Eighteen cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 14,257.
Eight more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,427. The total fatality rate stood at 0.83 percent.
A total of 1,030 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 262,842. The total recovery rate was 89.80 percent.
Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country has administered COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 36,570,105 people, or 71.2 percent of the total population.
The number of fully vaccinated people was 22,204,741, or 43.2 percent of the population.