Coronavirus Cases In Korea Rising, 146 More Confirmed On Saturday Morning
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN KOREA RISING – South Korea is about to become the new focal point of the new coronavirus outside of mainland China with a recent spike of daily cases.
Recently, a patient in South Korea was dubbed as a possible superspreader. The coronavirus positive woman was said to be linked to 37 other confirmed cased of COVID-19.
According to reports, the 37 other patients went to the same church as the “superspreader”, a branch of the Shincheonji Church. The woman showed symptoms of fever but refused to get tested due to not having any recent travel abroad.
Along with this, the South Korean health authorities had recorded more than 142 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday morning. This brings that nationwide total to 346 cases of the virus.
In addition, another death was also reported summing up the total number of deaths in the country to two. Meanwhile, among the latest cases, 92 were connected to a hospital in Cheongdo.
Both deaths from the virus in South Korea have been confirmed at the Cheongdo Daenam Hospital, a psychiatric facility, where five nurses also tested positive for COVID-19. The second death, reported yesterday, was that of a 54-year-old woman warded at the hospital.
Experts had also warned that the number of cases could jump further in the south-eastern city, Daegu, the center of the local transmissions of the virus which originated from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
There, over 500 church members out of 4,400 surveyed are showing symptoms of the virus such as fever. Because of this, Daegu and the nearby Cheongdo have been designated as “special care zones” following a sudden spike in confirmed cases.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun has called the current situation an “emergency” as he urged concerted efforts by the central government, municipal governments, and the medical sector to fight the virus.
“So far, we have been focused on curbing infections coming from overseas. From now on, our priority will be to prevent the virus from spreading locally,” he said.
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