2 April 2020

Coronavirus : South Korean sect identified as hotbed

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A religious group in South Korea has been identified as a coronavirus hotbed, officials say, amid a sharp rise in confirmed cases in the country. reports citing foreign media.

It is believed that the infections among members of the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony sect in the city of Daegu are linked to one woman.

The sect accounts for 30 of 53 new cases, with officials warning of an unprecedented crisis in the country.

South Korea also confirmed its first death from the virus, named covid-19.

The coronavirus, which originated in China's Hubei province, causes pneumonia-like symptoms.

China has now seen 2,118 deaths and recorded nearly 75,000 infections.

On Thursday, Japan said two of its passengers who contracted the coronavirus on board quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess had died. The man and the woman were in their 80s.

2020.02.20 / 19:51
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