Workers spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus, at the National Assembly in Seoul, on Feb 25, 2020. SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) – Cases in South Korea of the new coronavirus exceeded 1,000 on Wednesday (Feb 26), reinforcing concerns the deadly outbreak that began in central China is taking hold on a more global scale.
The country confirmed 169 more coronavirus infections, bringing its total number of cases to 1,146.
A week ago, South Korea had only 51 cases of the virus, which has killed more than 2,700 people in China and other parts of the world.
South Korea is emerging as a second coronavirus hot spot in Asia, as the outbreak in China – where more than 78,000 people have been sickened – starts to show signs of plateauing.
About two dozen countries including Singapore have levied restrictions on travellers from South Korea , while flights and tour-group trips to the nation are being cancelled .
The lack of strong containment measures from the South Korean government in the city of Daegu, where most of the cases are emerging, is sparking questions over whether the virus will continue to spread through the country.
The outbreak there comes as cases also spike elsewhere, with a rising infections tally in Italy and significant death toll in Iran fuelling anxiety over the coronavirus’ global spread.Unlike China, which sealed off the Hubei province of 60 million on Jan 23 to contain the virus’ spread, South Korea’s government has declined to take draconian containment measures.Although […]