S Korea confirms 169 more cases of COVID-19

Added On February 27, 2020

 Now turning to South Korea.

The country confirmed 169 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the total number of infections to 1,146, and the death toll also rose to 12. 
The country raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level on Sunday.   
Of the new patients, 153 were residents in Daegu and North Gyeongsang province. 
Two clusters of infections in the southeastern region led to the recent viral spread. As of Tuesday morning, 501 cases were linked to the church services of a religious group, called Sincheonji, in Daegu. It accounted for 56.1 percent of the total. 
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to complete the test of more than 1,200 Sincheonji followers of the Daegu branch who showed infection symptoms. It has also recommended all of about 200,000 Sincheonji followers nationwide to stay at home and refrain from outdoor activities, ordering the followers of the Daegu branch to be placed under self-quarantine. 
The Seoul city government also issued an emergency administrative decree to ban any gathering relevant to Sincheonji. 
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the country's southeastern city of Daegu, saying the viral spread within and beyond the region must be contained. 
The government designated Deagu and Cheongdo as a "special care zone" last Friday, while protest rallies were banned in downtown areas of Seoul. 
Senior government and presidential Blue House officials and the ruling Democratic Party leaders recently had an emergency meeting in Seoul, vowing to take "maximum" quarantine steps in the southeastern region and push for a supplementary budget to financially support small firms and micro-business owners.