The number of people infected with Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Korea continues to increase by 84 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 977.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) also reported that 2 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 10. infections and 8 deaths.
South Korea is the country with the most cases outside China. New cases remain concentrated in the two largest outbreaks, Daegu City and Cheongdo District, in the neighboring North Gyeongsang Province.
Twenty-one of the 60 new cases announced on the morning of February 25 came from a disabled care facility in Chilgok, just north of Daegu. A 46-year-old person living here was confirmed positive for the virus on February 24.
Health authorities on February 25 said it would examine more than 200,000 members of the cult. Sect leaders say they agree to provide the full-fledged members with an estimated 215,000 people.
About 60% of the 977 cases in South Korea are linked to Daegu church of the New Heavenly Sect and 15% to Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo.
“Patient No. 31,” a member of the cult, is said to have infected many after attending masses at the church. South Korean authorities have asked more than 9,000 Tan Thien Dia worshipers to isolate themselves. Of these, 1,248 cases showed symptoms of a viral infection, as of February 24.
South Korean President Moon Jae In arrived in Daegu on February 25. “The situation is very serious,” he said. “We will win the battle against viruses.”
Earlier in the day, the Blue House, the government and the ruling Democratic Party held a tripartite policy consultation meeting, agreeing to apply “maximum” quarantine measures in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province. The use of this word has caused opposition from local residents. Moon said “maximum” does not mean “blockade” of a specific area. “I want to make it clear that it is to prevent the spread and multiplication of viruses to the maximum,” Moon said in Daegu.