South Korea confirmed 594 cases of coronavirus on February 29, a record high in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 2,931 with three new deaths.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on February 29 announced the discovery of 594 new cases of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
More than 90% of new infections have been identified in Daegu, the epicenter of the outbreak of coronavirus in South Korea, and the northern Gyeongsang province, according to a statement from KCDC.
To date, the total number of corona virus infections in Korea has reached 2,931. Previously, South Korea experienced two consecutive days with a higher number of new cases per day than the focus of the corona virus epidemic in China .
The 594 cases of coronavirus infection announced on Monday morning were considered alarming when the total of 571 confirmed cases on the afternoon of February 28 for new infections in the previous 24 hours.
So far, 16 deaths have been recorded in Korea. National authorities of more than 51 million people are working to combat this fast-spreading virus through mass testing.
According to a February 29 announcement by the KCDC, the capital Seoul detected at least 12 new infections, while other major Korean cities also recorded new cases of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the National Health Commission of China (NHC) on February 29 announced an additional 427 cases of coronaviurs, and 47 deaths in the country. The total number of infections in mainland China so far has reached 79,251.
Of the 16 deaths recorded in South Korea over the past 2 weeks from viral infections, the latest 3 have been confirmed as women in Daegu. In addition, at least 2 deaths have been linked to the New Heavenly-born sect, the focus of an outbreak of community infection in South Korea.
The KCDC said that an outbreak of community infection in South Korea began after the Mass on February 16 at the church of Tan Thien Dia in Daegu. During this period, a 61-year-old female Christian, positive for corona virus, attended some church services despite showing symptoms.
According to Yonhap , the experts warn of new infections coronavirus may continue to rise sharply in the coming days while authorities conduct an examination of the 210,000 members of the sect Shincheonji.
According to AFP , the streets of Daegu, the fourth largest city in South Korea, with a population of 2.5 million, have been deserted for days, except for places where there are long lines of people waiting outside some doors. goods to buy a mask. Authorities urged residents to be vigilant and anyone with a fever or respiratory illness to stay home.
However, officials do not consider issuing a city-wide quarantine order the same way it used in Wuhan – the coronavirus epidemic in China.