South Korea has an additional 483 cases of Covid-19, a new outbreak

The country is recording about 400-600 new cases / day in recent days. Photo: Reuters.
The country is recording about 400-600 new cases / day in recent days. Photo: Reuters.

South Korea on March 7 announced an additional 483 new Covid-19 infections within the past day, bringing the total number of nationwide infections to 6,767, while the city of Gyeongsan was becoming a new outbreak.

The Korean quarantine agency KCDC confirmed 174 more new cases of coronavirus virus in the second half of March 6, bringing the total to 6,767.

Earlier, on the afternoon of 6/3, the agency recorded 309 more cases in the day. Thus, on 6 March, Korea had 483 new infections.

The data on March 6 is equivalent to the number of previous cases, including 518 cases on March 5, 438 cases on March 4, 516 cases on March 3, and 600 cases on March 2.

Another worrying cluster of infection was recorded in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan (North Gyeongsang Province), bordering both Daegu and Cheongdo District, the first two plagues.

Of the 123 new infections in the province on March 5, 56 were in Gyeongsan City, including at least 46 nursing homes in the Bonghwa area, Deputy Health Minister Kim Gang Lip told reporters.

On March 6, Gyeongsan became the third place to become a “special care area” because of the number of cases, meaning the central government will send more medical resources here. The total number of infections in Gyeongsan so far is 282.

In addition to Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the number of cases of unexplained spread is increasing. For example, Seoul has a cluster of 14 cases at the St. Mary in Eunpyeong, a cluster of 13 shifts in an apartment building in Seongdong. Busan has 33 cases at a church in Dongnae district. 58 out of 92 patients in Cheonan and Asan cities were involved in a Zumba class last month in Cheonan.

The rapid increase in the number of infections in South Korea is considered by some observers because of the rapid number of tests by the country’s officials. According to Yonhap, South Korea tested a total of 158,456 suspected cases, with 136,624 negative results. As of March 5, 108 patients recovered and were discharged from the hospital.

About 60% of infections in South Korea are linked to the New Heavenly sect, after community infections erupted from the cult ceremonies in the city of Daegu. All Tan Thien Dia people in the group at risk have been tested, and Daegu is extending the testing to local people.