Seoul, Aug 1 (IANS) South Korea reported 1,442 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 199,787.
The daily caseload was down from 1,539 since the previous day, but it has hovered above 1,000 for 26 straight days. The daily average tally for the past week was 1,563.
The recent resurgence was attributable to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.
Of the new cases, 469 were Seoul residents and 393 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.
The virus spread also raged in the non-metropolitan region as people in the capital area moved to the countryside to enjoy summer holidays.
The number of newly infected people in the non-capital areas was 437, or 31.5 per cent of the total local transmission.
Fifty-six more cases were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 11,952.
Three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 2,098.
The total fatality rate stood at 1.05 per cent.
A total of 1,497 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 175,674. The total recovery rate was 87.93 per cent.
The country has tested over 11.75 million people, among whom 11,173,399 tested negative for the virus and 378,600 are being checked.
Since the mass vaccination was launched on February 26, the country has administered Covid-19 jabs to a total of 19,444,120 people with 7,145,922 fully vaccinated.