S.Korea reports 43 more COVID-19 cases, 12,198 in total

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SEOUL, June 17 (Xinhua) — South Korea reported 43 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,198.

The daily caseload rose above 40 in four days. Of the new cases, 12 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,371.

Small cluster infections were still found linked to religious gatherings, a health product retailer, distribution centers, call centers and indoor sports facilities in the metropolitan area.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 279. The total fatality rate stood at 2.29 percent.

A total of 14 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 10,774. The total recovery rate was 88.3 percent.

Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 1.13 million people, among whom 1,099,136 tested negative for the virus and 21,489 are being checked. Enditem

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