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(3rd LD) Daegu reports another cluster infection at hospital

All News 19:22 March 27, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with new info in paras 2-4)

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- A new cluster of novel coronavirus infections has been reported at a hospital in the southeastern city of Daegu that shared a building with a virus-hit nursing home, the local health agency said Friday.

A total of 62 people, including 61 patients at Miju Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials from Daegu, the epicenter of the outbreak in South Korea. The hospital houses 350 patients and staff.

The agency said the number of virus infections at the hospital may rise further as test results come in, adding that every effort is being made to identify infection routes.

It said that the entire ninth floor, where the infection has occurred, has been placed in cohort quarantine to stop the spread of the virus. The floor has a total of 83 patients.

The new cluster of infections came after Daesil Nursing Hospital, located on different floors of the same building, reported a mass infection last week. As of Friday, there were 90 cases reported at the nursing hospital.

This file photo taken March 20, 2020, shows a building in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, where another case of mass infection of the new coronavirus was reported. (Yonhap)

The number of new infections in the city remained in double digits for the 16th consecutive day as of Thursday, but Daegu has been struggling to contain cluster infections at nursing homes and hospitals.

At least three other hospitals in the city also have reported cluster infections so far.

South Korea detected 91 new cases of the novel coronavirus Thursday, down from 104 new cases a day earlier.

Of the 9,332 coronavirus infections confirmed since mid-January, nearly 70 percent have been reported in Daegu, which has a population of 2.5 million and is country's fourth-largest city.

colin@yna.co.kr
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