Another 48 cases of the novel coronavirus that is spreading rapidly around the world have been diagnosed in South Korea, bringing the country’s total to 204.
In total, there are now 204 cases across the country. The number of infections in South Korea has almost doubled in 24 hours.
Among the 48 new cases, 42 are from the city of Daegu, two in Seoul, two in South Gyeongsang Province, one in Gyeonggi Province and one in the city of Gwangju and South Korea also reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Thursday (20 Feb 2020).
The outbreak in Daegu is said by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) to be traced to a 61-year-old woman who went to The Shincheonji Church, where around 1,000 people had also attend the church service. The Daegu mayor said a further 90 worshippers were showing some symptoms of the virus.
Most of the new cases in the southeastern region are linked to a church in Daegu. Therefore, South Korea moves to prevent “community spread” of coronavirus as cases surge
The Seoul city government announced today that it will ban rallies and close down the services of the Shincheonji group as a measure to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Seoul mayor Park Won-soon said today in a news briefing that Seoul City will ban the use of Seoul plaza, Cheonggye plaza and Gwanghwamun plaza, “which have many gatherings of citizens.” He added that those who break the rules can be fined up to 3 million won (US$2,485).
Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin on Thursday urged the city’s 2.5 million people to stay home and wear masks even indoors if possible.
Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo ordered military officials to closely coordinate with health authorities to prevent the virus from spreading inside the military and work out special quarantine steps. Jeong also ordered the military to strictly restrict all enlisted troops from vacationing and meeting visitors from outside, according to his ministry.