BFF-02 South Korea reports 60 new coronavirus cases, total 893

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South Korea reports 60 new coronavirus cases, total 893

SEOUL, Feb 25, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – South Korea reported 60 more novel
coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the smallest increase for four days in the
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates.

The country now has 893 cases, the KCDC said — the largest national total
anywhere outside China — adding one more person had died, taking the toll to
eight.

For the previous three days, KCDC had reported triple-digit increases each
morning as the outbreak took hold in South Korea, the world’s 12th-largest
economy.

The country has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong
culture of public accountability, and observers say that its health
statistics can be treated with confidence.

Of the latest cases, 49 are in the southern city of Daegu and the
neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, KCDC said.

Most of the country’s infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of
Jesus in Daegu, an entity often accused of being a cult.

Shincheonji claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of
Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of
judgement.

A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended
at least four church services before being diagnosed.

BSS/AFP/FI/ 0755 hrs