ROK reports highest daily caseload of 1,097 COVID-19 infections, 49,665 in total

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Republic of Korea (ROK) reported 1,097 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 49,665.

It was the country's highest-ever daily caseload after staying above 1,000 for five straight days.

The daily number of infections hovered above 100 for 43 days since Nov. 8 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

For the past week, the daily average number of infections was 986.

The cluster infections were linked to religious facilities, nursing homes and workplaces, as well as gatherings among families and acquaintances.

Of the new cases, 470 were Seoul residents and 244 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Twenty-five were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 5,082.

Fifteen more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 674. The total fatality rate stood at 1.36 percent.

A total of 388 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 34,722. The total recovery rate was 69.91 percent.

Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 3.68 million people, among whom 3,493,954 tested negative for the virus and 139,475 are being checked.

Xinhua