South Korea’s vice health minister warns of more virus cases in Daegu

    South Korean medical workers wearing protective gear carry samples as they visit a residence of people with suspected symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu on February 27, 2020. - South Korea now has 1,766 cases, the highest number in the world outside China, where the disease first emerged in December and has since spread to dozens of countries. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

    There are already more than 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the South Korean city of Daegu — but South Korea’s Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip warned that number will continue to rise.

    In a daily briefing Saturday, Kim said the confirmed cases would rise as tests on the Shincheonji religious group members continue. 

    The religious group is now at the heart of South Korea’s novel coronavirus outbreak, particularly in the city of Daegu.

    In total, South Korea has 2,931 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 2,055 of them in Daegu.

    “The proportion of confirmed cases among them (Shincheonji religious group) is considerably high. As a result, over the next few days when tests on the Shincheonji religious group are being completed, confirmed cases in Daegu are expected to continue to rise at a substantial level,” Kim said. 

    He also said that this weekend will be a crucial moment in preventing additional spread of the virus and urged citizens to avoid going to events where many people gather in enclosed spaces.

    Source: CNN News


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