South Korea coronavirus cases surge

South Korea coronavirus cases surge

Agency News

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has climbed to 346 in South Korea, bringing fear among the health experts as the unprecedented spread outside China is considered a situation of panic.

South Korea by February 21 reported 142 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The positive cases of coronavirus are almost all linked to outbreaks at a hospital in Cheongdo County and a church in Daego city.

Already the country registered two deaths due to coronavirus cases. Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC)designated both the city of Daegu, which has a population of 2.5 million people, and Cheongdo county, home to around 43,000 people, as "special care zones" on Friday as case numbers began to surge.

Cases from the Cheongdo hospital jumped in the latest daily figures, with the total rising from 16 to 108 overnight.

Two cases were reported in Busan, the first in South Korea's second-largest city, while the Island of Jeju, a spot popular with domestic and international tourists, also recorded its first case.