S. Korea reports 299 more COVID-19 cases, 19,699 in total

South Korea reported 299 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 12:00 a.m. Sunday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 19,699.

The daily caseload fell below 300 in five days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14.

The number of confirmed cases for the past 17 days reached 4,929 owing to infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province.

The infections were traceable to church services of Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul and the massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug. 15 by conservative politicians, civic groups and church members.

Of the new cases, 114 were Seoul residents and 77 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

Sixteen were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 2,813.

Two more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 323. The total fatality rate stood at 1.64 percent.

A total of 138 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 14,903. The total recovery rate was 75.65 percent.

Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 1.92 million people, among whom 1,846,450 tested negative for the virus and 58,021 are being checked.