Seoul, June 2 : South Korea registered 38 more cases of the COVID-19 in the past 24 hours taking its total tally of infections to 11,541, declared the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on Tuesday. Yonhap news agency quoted the KCDC confirming that that out of the 38 new cases, 36 are local infections and all of them are reported in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi Province.
Churches in Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan region has emerged as a new source of the infection as the country is still striving to trace and cure cases linked to Incheon nightclubs and a distribution center in the greater Seoul region. The past 24 hours saw 22 more cases linked to 23 small churches in Incheon and Gyeonggi province informed the KCDC. Cases linked to these Incheon and Gyeonggi province churches have now reached 45.
Reports have emerged showing that worshipers held these gatherings without fully complying with the prescribed hygiene norms. This is the reason why the Deputy Director Kwon Joon-wook of KCDC has appealed to people not to have face-to-face religious meetings in Seoul's metropolitan area till infection risks come down Korean health authorities remain concerned about the possibility that the sporadic churchlinked cases could lead to a potential new wave of mass infections, particularly in the more densely populated areas.
Currently South Korea has seen a slowdown in cases traced to a distribution center run by an ecommerce company in Bucheon and Seoul's nightlife area of Itaewon. About117 cases have been traced to the distribution facility since the first patient was confirmed in late last month. The KCDC attributed at least 270 infections to the Itaewon night clubs till now. The last 24 hours saw one more death taking the total death toll at 272. The nation’s fatality rate stands at 2.36 percent. While 24 more patients were discharged from quarantine facilities after making full recovery, till date 10,446 people have made a recovery from the ailment. The recovery rate stands at 90.5 percent. (UNI)