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S. Korea Outbreak Quadruples in 2 Days

'Special management zone' declared in city
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2020 7:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Korea have doubled twice in two days. On Friday, authorities announced that 100 new cases had been detected, bringing the total to 204. The day prior, the country had confirmed 53 cases, most of them linked to a fringe religious group in the city of Daegu. Some 87 of the newest cases are also linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which has closed its branch in Daegu and others around the country. The government has declared a "special management zone" around Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, and urged residents to stay indoors. A second coronavirus death was reported in the country Friday. More:

  • 'Emergency phase." Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun said that with a rise in infections not linked to China, the country is now in an "emergency phase," reports the AP. "Our efforts until now had been focused on blocking the illness from entering the country," he said. "But we will now shift the focus on preventing the illness from spreading further in local communities."
  • Military bases locked down. The BBC reports that all military bases in South Korea were locked down after the first military coronavirus cases were confirmed. A sailor, a soldier, and an air force officer, all from separate bases, have tested positive.

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