S.Korea's total COVID-19 cases surpass 10200

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday there were 47 new infections as of midnight on Sunday compared with 81 recorded a day earlier, taking the national cumulative tally to 10,284.

South Korea confirmed 94 new infection cases on Friday, taking the total to 10,156.

South Korea recorded fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases on Monday, marking the lowest number since late February, as the nation extended strict guidelines on social distancing.

The nation's death toll from the coronavirus, which emerged in China late past year, rose by three to 186.

South Korea has managed to largely control the epidemic for the time being, with about 100 or fewer new daily cases, but it was the first time that the number of daily cases fell below 50.

A fall in daily demand for tests to some 6,000 from around 10,000 over the weekend contributed to the decline in numbers, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said.

The exact scale of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown because the virus can go undetected among people with no or mild symptoms.

COVID-19 as an exemplary model for the world and asked for sharing of the knowhow it has accumulated in containing the spread of the virus, in particular, in the transportation sector, Kim's said.

Chung Sye-kyun said in a meeting, "We have no choice but to continue an intense social distancing drive for some time in the future".

So far, 6,598 patients have successfully recovered and discharged from the hospitals while the number of imported cases also reached to 769 after seven more cases were deducted at border checkpoints, according to the agency.

Other major provinces and cities also reported infections, with Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province adding 11 and eight new cases, respectively.

The province reported one death from Wuhan city on Sunday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In February, South Korea uncovered what was believed to be the biggest outbreak outside of China.

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