South Korea said on Saturday that the number of new coronavirus cases in the country had doubled to 433, and officials suggested that the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the center of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms. The fourth patient who died on Sunday was a 57-year-old man who was at the Cheongdo hospital, according to KCDC.
In all, 2,442 people have died in the country from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
By Sunday, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 556.
Among them, four had traveled overseas recently, including one to China, although that trip came in early January and was not near Hubei, the province where the outbreak started.
The health authorities said 231 virus patients have been traced to the Shincheonji church's services in Daegu, according to the KCDC.
South Korea's president said the government had raised the disease alert to the highest level, allowing authorities to send extra resources to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, which were designated "special care zones" on Friday.
In Daegu and elsewhere, citizens flocked to large supermarkets and pharmacies to buy surgical masks and supplies.
In total, China has reported 75,569 cases to the World Health Organization, and 2,239 deaths, Tedros said.
Japan, however, reported 12 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, including three teenagers, bringing the number of cases in the country with no connection to the ship to 99, with 639 confirmed from the cruise ship.
Israel's health ministry said in a statement it had been informed by South Korea that the nine tourists who had toured across Israel earlier in the month had since tested positive for coronavirus.
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More than 500 cases also have been found in prisons across the country.
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Japan on Sunday confirmed that a woman who tested negative and disembarked from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship later tested positive.
"We have secured a list of about 9,300 members of the relevant religious group, and we are preemptively enforcing self-isolation and facility isolation", said Kim Gang-lip, South Korea's vice minister of health, at a press briefing. If it does not cooperate, the central government should intervene forcefully, he said. The death toll is three.
Beijing: President Xi Jinping on Sunday said the coronavirus epidemic is China's "largest public health emergency" as the death toll from the deadly virus climbed to 2,442 and the number of infections hit nearly 77,000 in the country.
All told, there have been almost 79,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, more than 2,400 of which have ended in a patient's death.
President Moon Jae-in said that the government could take "powerful measures" to contain the outbreak.
Health officials in that city have a list of residents who are members of the sect, and are getting in touch to explain self-quarantine measures. Iran, which announced its first two cases on Wednesday, said it had confirmed 43 cases and eight deaths.
But officials say it's unlikely that the woman set off the chain of infections, and that she was probably just the first person to be detected in an area where the virus was circulating in the population.
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