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South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds

2020-02-19 HKT 17:41
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  • An electric screen carrying a message about precautions against the illness in Seoul. Photo: AP
    An electric screen carrying a message about precautions against the illness in Seoul. Photo: AP
South Korea reported 20 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday – increasing its total by nearly two-thirds – including a cluster of at least 16 centred on the southern city of Daegu.

The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that 20 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed, raising its total from 31 to 51.

Of those, 18 were in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, with 15 of them believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman.

Fourteen of them attend the same church as the woman, the KCDC said, while the other one had come into contact with her at a hospital.

She had first developed a fever on February 10 but reportedly refused to be tested twice for the coronavirus on the grounds that she had not recently travelled abroad.

She was not put into quarantine until a week later and was confirmed as the country's 31st case on Tuesday. (AFP)