Daily infections return to triple digits with 152 cases announced Thursday

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Daily infections return to triple digits with 152 cases announced Thursday


A worker sprays antiseptic solution against the coronavirus on Hansarang Care Hospital in Daegu Wednesday, where at least 75 infections have been traced. [YONHAP]

Daily new infections of the coronavirus in Korea bounced back to a three-digit figure with most cases appearing in Daegu, health officials announced Thursday.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said 152 cases were tallied Wednesday, of which 97 were from Daegu, 18 from Gyeonggi and 12 each from Seoul and North Gyeongsang.

Korea’s total caseload now stands at 8,565.

A total of 91 people have died from the coronavirus, seven more than the previous day, while 1,947 people have been proclaimed fully recovered, 407 more than the day before.

Most of Daegu’s latest infections trace to Hansarang Care Hospital in Seo District, where a new cluster was discovered Wednesday, as well as other nursing homes and hospitals for the elderly. Daegu officials have been checking a list of some 390 places with dense populations of senior citizens, where infection clusters were likely.

At least 108 infected patients have been detected through that process this week, of which 75 were from Hansarang Care Hospital.

Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin said Thursday morning in a press briefing that the city has so far finished testing 20,448 people out of 33,628 in such facilities, about 60.8 percent, hinting more infections were likely to be uncovered.

After nearly three weeks of three-digit daily increases, Korea had seen its daily new infections drop to two-digit figures last Saturday through Tuesday.

On Monday, for the first time since infections spiked in Daegu and North Gyeongsang on Feb. 19, the combined number of infections for the Seoul capital region - which includes Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi - was higher than that of Daegu and North Gyeongsang after a new cluster was discovered at a church in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, just south of Seoul.

BY LEE SUNG-EUN [lee.sungeun@joongang.co.kr]
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