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S. Korea's COVID-19 cases rise to 7,134, death toll at 50

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 11:57, March 08, 2020

South Korea confirmed 367 more cases of the COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 7,134.

As of midnight local time, the number of infected patients totaled 7,134, up 367 from 24 hours ago. Six more deaths were reported, lifting the death toll to 50.

Twelve more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, raising the combined number to 130.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has updated the data twice a day at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time.

The virus infection soared for the past 18 days, with 7,103 new cases reported from Feb. 19 to March 7. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level.

The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province increased to 5,378 and 1,081 respectively. It accounted for about 90 percent of the total.

Daegu became the epicenter of the viral spread here as the biggest cluster of infections was found in the metropolis with a 2.5 million population. Daegu has been designated by the government as a "special care zone."

The Daegu cluster was closely linked to the church services of a homegrown minor religious sect, called Sincheonji, in Daegu. Members of the sect are known to sit on the floor closely side by side during church services.

Since Jan. 3, the country has tested more than 188,000 people, among whom 162,008 tested negative for the virus and 19,376 were being checked.

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