COVID-19 cases in S.Korea reach 2022, 13 deaths

Clay Curtis
February 29, 2020

The 571 cases confirmed on Friday afternoon includes 256 cases announced earlier on Friday morning.

Health authorities renewed calls for citizens to keep away from others and avoid mass gatherings such as religious services over the weekend.

South Korea has seen hundreds of new COVID-19 infections a day, with numbers approaching 1,600 confirmed cases on Thursday.

With the two new cases, there are 27 infection cases in the Korean military-15 in the Army, 10 in the Air Force, and one each in the Navy and the Marine Corps.

Recovered patients who were discharged from hospitalisation but later tested positive again have been found not to be infectious, an official at China's National Health Commission said on Friday.

All were women in their 60 through 90s, and were being treated at hospitals or in self quarantine when they died. It has reported 13 deaths.

The country has the most confirmed coronavirus cases outside of mainland China.

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Soon, as people flew from the area to different countries, the coronavirus reached more countries, including the United States. Much is still not known about the virus that is spreading around the world after emerging in central China late previous year .

Maneuvers were scheduled for March in the Asian country, which has a greater impact of the disease, media reports said. The total number of infections in Daegu and North Gyeongsang stands at 1,314 and 394, respectively.

Other major provinces and cities have also reported some infections, with Seoul reporting an additional 12 cases.

A third individual with ties to the USA military in South Korea has been determined to be infected with the novel coronavirus disease, while the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced that three additional people died of the virus on February 28.

Of the new patients, 447 were residents in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of the capital Seoul, and 64 came from its surrounding North Gyeongsang province.

The latest figures include one more military personnel, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the South Korean military to 26.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said in a daily briefing that tests on 1,299 Shincheonji members who have shown symptoms of the virus in Daegu have been completed.

The ministry said it made a decision to speed up its investigations and take earlier action due to concern that there could be a health risk in the wake of reports linking the church's practices to a majority of coronavirus cases in the South Korean city of Daegu.

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