A man wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus has his temperature checked upon his arrival to cast his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Photo: AP)
SEOUL, April 15 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 27 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,591.
The daily caseload hovered below 50 for the seventh straight day. Of the new cases, 11 were imported from overseas, raising the combined number to 955.
Of the total infections, over 80 percent was linked to cluster infections.
Three more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 225. The total fatality rate came in at 2.12 percent.
A total of 82 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 7,616. The total recovery rate was 71.9 percent.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has updated the data once a day at 10:00 a.m. local time from March 10, after having announced it twice a day.
Except for the first 30 cases, all the infections have been reported since Feb. 18. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level.
The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province came to 6,823 and 1,348 respectively. It accounted for almost 80 percent of the total.
The numbers in Seoul and its adjacent Gyeonggi province gained to 617 and 645 each.
Daegu became the epicenter of the viral spread here as the biggest cluster of infections was found in the metropolis with a 2.5 million population. Daegu has been designated by the government as a "special disaster zone."
The Daegu cluster was closely linked to the church services of a homegrown minor religious sect, called Sincheonji, in Daegu. Members of the sect are known to sit on the floor closely side by side during church services.
Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 534,000 people, among whom 508,935 tested negative for the virus and 15,026 were being checked.