The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on February 29 announced the discovery of 594 new cases of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
More than 90% of new infections have been identified in Daegu, the epicenter of the outbreak of viurus corona in South Korea, and the northern Gyeongsang province, according to a statement from KCDC.
To date, the total number of corona virus infections in Korea has reached 2,931. Previously, South Korea experienced two consecutive days with a higher number of new cases per day than the focus of the corona virus epidemic in China.
The 594 cases of corona virus infection announced on the morning of February 29 were considered alarming when higher than the total of 571 confirmed cases on the afternoon of February 28 for new infections in the previous 24 hours.
So far, 16 deaths have been recorded in Korea. National authorities of more than 51 million people are working to combat this fast-spreading virus through mass testing.
According to a February 29 announcement by the KCDC, the capital Seoul detected at least 12 new infections, while other major Korean cities also recorded new cases of corona virus.
Meanwhile, the National Health Commission of China (NHC) on February 29 announced an additional 427 cases of corona viurss, and 47 deaths in the country. The total number of infections in mainland China so far has reached 79,251.
Of the 16 deaths recorded in South Korea over the past 2 weeks from viral infections, the latest 3 have been confirmed as women in Daegu. In addition, at least 2 deaths have been linked to the New Heavenly-born sect, the focus of an outbreak of community infection in South Korea.
The KCDC said that an outbreak of community infection in South Korea began after the Mass on February 16 at the church of Tan Thien Dia in Daegu. During this period, a 61-year-old female Christian, positive for corona virus, attended some church services despite showing symptoms.
Experts warned that the number of new cases of corona virus could continue to rise sharply in the coming days as authorities conducted tests with 210,000 members of the Shincheonji sect.