SEOUL, March 16 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 363 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 96,380.

The daily caseload was down from 382 in the previous day, staying below 400 for two straight days.

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

Of the new cases, 75 were Seoul residents and 146 were people residing in Gyeonggi province.

In South Gyeongsang province, 64 new cases were reported because of cluster infections linked to bathhouse and entertainment facilities.

Eighteen cases were imported, lifting the combined figure to 7,336.

Three more deaths were confirmed, leaving the death toll at 1,678. The total fatality rate stood at 1.74 percent.

A total of 501 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 88,255. The total recovery rate was 91.57 percent.

The country tested more than 7.12 million people, among whom 6,951,653 tested negative for the virus and 78,044 are being checked.

Since the mass vaccination was launched on Feb. 26, the country administered the first shot of COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 602,150 people.