Workers decontaminate the Seomun Market in Daegu, which was temporarily shut down on Sunday afternoon amid the new coronavirus outbreak. There were 602 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday, of which over half were in Daegu, and five deaths. [YONHAP]Three more fatalities from the new coronavirus were reported in Korea over the weekend, bringing the total death toll to five as infections skyrocketed to 602.The Korean government elevated its official alert level for the coronavirus on Sunday to “red,” the highest in its four-tier system, in a meeting presided over by President Moon Jae-in and pledged to mobilize all resources to subdue the outbreak.Infections remain heavily concentrated in a single city, Daegu, and the surrounding province of North Gyeongsang, with 495, or 82.2 percent of the total. Three of the five deaths are linked to Daenam Hospital in North Gyeongsang’s Cheongdo County, where nearly 110 other people including medical staff have contracted the disease.A 40-year-old man in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, who died Friday posthumously tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday, officials from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.A 57-year-old man who was hospitalized in the psychiatric ward of Daenam Hospital before being recently transferred to Dongguk… Read full this story
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