New 100 cases have been confirmed in South Korea concerning the coronavirus outbreak outside China.
This has made the authorities to declare a health emergency in the southeastern city of Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest, where the new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, were diagnosed.
With this new development, the number of total cases in the country has reached 204, forcing the government to focus on steps to contain the domestic spread of coronavirus.
A woman in her 50s became South Korea’s second casualty from COVID-19 on Friday after she was transferred from Daegu to the southeastern city of Busan.
There has been a further reduction in cases of infection in Mainland China. As at Friday, it has reduced to 889, bringing the total number of suspected and confirmed cases to 75,467 while 118 more people died on Friday, raising the total casualty figure to 2,236.
14 people have died outside the mainland: Four in Iran, two in Hong Kong, two in South Korea, two from the Diamond Princess cruise liner, one each in France, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
According to reports, most of the cases have been linked to a controversial church in Daegu. The Shincheonji church, which has about 200,000 followers has been forced to close all 74 venues around South Korea and told followers to watch its worship services on YouTube while health officials continue to disinfect the church in Daegu, which has about 8,000 followers.
It was gathered that a 61-year-old woman, who attends the Daegu branch, was infected with COVID-19 on 18 February. She is believed to be a “superspreader” of the virus within the church after being diagnosed when she was taken to hospital due to a car crash and developed a fever three days later.
As part of the preventive measures, President Moon Jae-in ordered immediate action to track down followers who had recently visited the Daegu church and a hospital in the southeastern city of Cheongdo, where many cases have been reported in the past three days.