South Korea designated the southeastern city of Gyeongsan as a third “special care zone” today as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country.
Half of the coronavirus cases in Gyeongsan are members of or have links to the Shincheonji religious group, which is at the heart of South Korea’s outbreak, according to Kwon Joon-wook, vice-director of the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The other two “special care zones” are Daegu, a southern city where most of the Shincheonji-linked cases have occurred, and Cheongdo, right outside Daegu.
When authorities designated Daegu and Cheongdo as “special care zones” two weeks ago, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said it was because these areas were “experiencing difficulties due to a sudden increase in confirmed cases,” and that the government would send military medical staff for assistance.
South Korea has reported more than 5,700 cases of the virus and 35 deaths.