South Korea became the second most affected place by the coronavirus, after China, after informing this Monday of 231 new cases and exceed 800 infections. In addition, the country also reported 8 deaths due to the virus, which has raised concerns, mainly around the city of Daegu, the focus of the infection.
Among the 231 cases of this Monday (which already make a total of 833 in the country since last January 20), the majority, 129, return to correspond people linked to the headquarters of the Shincheonji sect in Daegu, city of 2.4 million inhabitants who also recorded another 57 cases not directly linked to this Christian cult.
Two other deaths were also announced, the two again at the Daenam hospital in Cheongdo, which borders Daegu (230 kilometers southeast of Seoul) and concentrates 6 of the 8 deaths that have occurred so far in South Korea.
Together with the sect, this medical center is the other major focus of infectionIn particular, its psychiatric ward, where 103 of the 105 patients admitted contracted the virus, probably through visits made by Shincheonji members to volunteer.
The hospital and the church they account for 75 percent of the COVI-19 infections in South Korea alone, what saw multiplied almost 30 infections since last TuesdayWhen the so-called “patient 31” was positive, a 61-year-old follower from Shincheonji said authorities believe she could act as a “supercontainer” agent and transmit the disease to dozens of people.
For its part, the Government claimed to have a list with Shincheonji members in Daegu and said it is monitoring them. Some 9,300 members of this sect are under quarantine and more than 1,200 showed symptoms of possible contagion.
Right now, the attention of the authorities is mainly focused on Daegu and the surrounding province of North Gyeongsang – together they add up to 690 cases – to prevent the epidemic from triggering in other areas of the country as well.
The Center for the Control and Prevention of Contagious Diseases of
Korea (KCDC) He said he will review 28,000 Daegu people who recently went to hospital centers or who called their attendance number because they had a cough or fever, the main symptoms of COVID-19.
In the meantime South Korean airlines plan to cancel flights to and from towards what is the fourth most populous city in the country and where this Monday there were endless queues – also in Seoul and its surroundings, although there the number of infections is only around 80- to buy masks, product every time more difficult to acquire.
Several embassies in South Korea urged not to travel to Daegu and nearby, including that of Spain, which recommended residents via email not to move to said area “as far as possible, and as long as the current situation continues.”
Several embassies in South Korea urged not to travel to Daegu and nearby
In turn, the director of the KCDC, Jung Eun-Kyeong, He asked all those in the country who have a cough or fever to stop going to academic or work centers to avoid spreading the virus further.
Several events were canceled, including a session of the South Korean National Assembly (Parliament) scheduled for Monday, after a person who recently met with a parliamentary committee tested positive for the virus.
Too the start of the national football league was postponed indefinitely, which was scheduled to start next weekend.
After the sudden increase in transmissions, South Korea raised its alert level for contagious diseases on Sunday, which allows the authorities to adopt drastic measures such as closing air traffic or closing schools.
The KCDC reported that He is currently testing and quarantining 11,631 people across the country who could have contracted COVID-19.