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S. Korea reports 248 new virus cases, total now at 7,382

All News 10:30 March 09, 2020

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 248 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the nation's total infections to 7,382, with most new virus infections still emerging in the southeastern city of Daegu, the epicenter of the virus outbreak here, and neighboring North Gyeongsang Province.

So far, 51 people, mostly elderly patients with underlying illnesses, have died in South Korea from the respiratory virus that emerged in China late last year, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

About 60 percent of confirmed cases have been linked to a branch of the Shincheonji religious sect in Daegu, which, at a population of 2.5 million, is the country's fourth-largest city.

This graphic image, provided by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on March 9, 2020, shows daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The pace of daily new inflections has shown signs of slowing down in recent days as health authorities have completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers who are at the center of the rapid spread, but authorities are still on high alert over new clusters of infections.

Of the 248 new cases, which were detected on Sunday, 190 are in Daegu and 26 are in North Gyeongsang, the KCDC said.

Other major provinces and cities have also reported some infections, with Seoul reporting 10 additional cases.

Since raising the virus alert level to "red," the highest level, on Feb. 23, health authorities have focused on halting the spread of the virus in Daegu and North Gyeongsang.

Medical workers monitor screens showing negative pressure quarantine rooms at Seoul Medical Center on March 9, 2020, where patients infected with the new coronavirus are being treated. (Yonhap)


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