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S. Korea reports 94 more coronavirus infection cases, total now at 10,156

All News 10:40 April 04, 2020

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 94 more cases of new coronavirus infections Saturday, one day after its total breached the 10,000 mark.

The 94 additional cases put the total at 10,156, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The country's death toll came to 177, with three more coronavirus deaths added Friday.

More than half of all fatalities here so far have involved patients aged 80 years or older, according to the KCDC.

S. Korea reports 94 more coronavirus infection cases, total now at 10,156 - 1

Of 94 new cases, 27 were reported in the southeastern city of Daegu, which became the epicenter of the virus following a mass infection of people linked to a church of the Shincheonji religious sect in February.

So far, 6,761 people have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease in the city located some 300 kilometers from Seoul, with an additional 1,310 people diagnosed with the virus in the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province.

Seoul saw its total infection cases rise by 22 to 528 on Friday, with Gyeonggi Province surrounding the capital city also reporting 23 new cases, bringing its total to 562.

The country also continued to see a rise in the number of imported cases, with 41 new infection cases detected in people coming from abroad.

The total number of imported cases now stands at 688, according to the KCDC.

South Korea has enhanced its screening of people arriving from other countries amid a steady increase in the number of imported cases.

It has since Wednesday asked all those arriving from other countries to place themselves under two-week self-quarantine.

Visitors without a local address are allowed to stay in government-designated facilities at their own expense. All people in isolation must install a mobile app that allows authorities to monitor them in real time and ensure they are following the rules.

As of Saturday, South Korea has clinically tested 455,032 people for COVID-19.

Of the total 10,156 diagnosed, 6,325 people have so far been released after full recoveries, up 304 from Friday, according to the KCDC.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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