S.Korea reports 47 more COVID-19 cases, 10,331 in total
South Korea reported 47 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Tuesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,331.
The newly confirmed cases stayed below 50 for the second consecutive day. Of the total, 17 were imported cases.
Six more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 192. The total fatality rate came in at 1.86 percent.
A total of 96 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 6,694. The total recovery rate was 64.8 percent.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has updated the data once a day at 10am local time from March 10, after having announced it twice a day.
Except for the first 31 cases, all the infections have been reported since February 19. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level.
The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province increased to 6,794 and 1,317 respectively. It accounted for almost 80 percent of the total.
The numbers in Seoul and its adjacent Gyeonggi province came to 567 and 590 each.
Infections were still found in Daegu, Seoul, and Gyeonggi province. Of the new cases, 16 were imported cases.
Daegu became the epicenter of the viral spread here as the biggest cluster of infections was found in the metropolis with a 2.5 million population. Daegu has been designated by the government as a "special disaster zone."
The Daegu cluster was closely linked to the church services of a homegrown minor religious sect, called Sincheonji, in Daegu. Members of the sect are known to sit on the floor closely side by side during church services.
Since January 3, the country has tested more than 477,000 people, among whom 446,323 tested negative for the virus and 20,650 were being checked.