South Korea has registered 142 new infections with the new coronavirus this Saturday, which increases its number of confirmed infections to 346. The vast majority of cases come from outbreaks in a church in the city of Daegu, southeast of Seoul, and in a hospital in Cheongdo County, adjacent to that town.
The jump this Saturday is due, above all, to the sharp increase in cases in that hospital, which has gone in 24 hours from 16 infections to 108. Two other new cases have been detected in the port city of Busan, the second largest in South Korea. The tourist island of Jeju has also confirmed its first contagion.
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So far two people have died in South Korea as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19, the pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV: a 63-year-old male at Cheongdo hospital and a woman over 50 years old He moved from Daegu to Busan for treatment.
South Korean health authorities have designated Daegu, 2.5 million inhabitants, and Cheongdo, 43,000, as "special attention areas" since Friday, when contagion began to rise.
Nearly half of the infections across the country are attributed to a “supercontagiadora,” a 61-year-old woman who attended the religious services of the Shincheonji Christian sect (“New Heaven and Earth”) in a Daegu temple.
The number of new infections in China decreases
The number of new daily cases of infection in China has been reduced this Saturday to 397, compared to almost 900 that the National Health Commission had announced 24 hours earlier. According to the new data, the epidemic has claimed another 109 lives in this country, which puts 2,345 the number of deaths from Covid-19. On Friday, 118 deaths had been announced.
So far, China has confirmed more than 76,000 cases of infection, most of them in Hubei, the province where the epidemic began. This province has already reviewed three times in ten days its criteria for registering new cases.
They postpone the training of volunteers for the Tokyo Olympics for the coronavirus
The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have announced the postponement of the training sessions of the volunteers for the sporting event due to fears caused by the spread of Covid-19 in Japan. The training courses should have started this Saturday.
In a statement, the organizers have insisted that they do not plan to cancel the Games or the postponement of the courses will affect the rest of the preparations for the competition, whose opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24.
Japan is the country technically most affected by the coronavirus outside of China. About 80 people in their territory have tested positive for the pathogen. In addition, more than 600 occupants of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined in the port of Yokohama since February 3, have been infected with the disease.
More than 400 passengers must still disembark from the ship, which originally transported 3,700 people. Two of them, Japanese over eighty, died Thursday.