During an emergency high-level meeting on January 21, South Korea acknowledged its efforts to prevent the new strain of corona virus (Covid-19) from spreading in the country. And now, the new strategy has been moved to the “control” step.
Specifically, according to Yonhap, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said “The government has focused on preventing the source of infection coming from abroad.”
“From now on, Korea will concentrate all its efforts to prevent the virus from spreading within the country.” He also affirmed, the number 1 priority now is “looking for people who came in contact with the sick and focused treatment.”
According to statistics from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), up to the morning of February 22, Korea had 142 new cases of Covid-19 virus. Before that, Korea spent all its resources to prevent new strains of virus from entering the country. However, in recent days, the number of new infections has suddenly increased. Most come from a church in the southeastern city of Daegu, South Korea, and many of them are related to patient No. 31 – the case identified as “super infectious”.
Both Deagu and neighboring Cheongdo County are now categorized as “special needs areas”, and 2.5 million residents of Daegu have also been asked to restrict going out. Schools have stopped working, and the army has been sent to prevent residents from leaving the city.
South Korea currently has 2 people died from the new strain of corona virus. The latest case was on the evening of February 21, with a female patient aged over 50 in the southern city of Busan.