WORLD S. Korea reports 11 more COVID-19 cases, 10,694 in total

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S. Korea reports 11 more COVID-19 cases, 10,694 in total

Xinhua

13:18, April 22, 2020

SEOUL, April 22 (Xinhua) -- South Korea reported 11 more cases of the COVID-19 compared with the previous day as of midnight Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,694.

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Members of the Asian Citizen's Center for Environment and Health perform during an Earth Day event against climate change at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul on April 22, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The daily caseload hovered around 10 for the fifth straight day. Of the new cases, six were imported from overseas, raising the combined number to 1,017.

One more death was confirmed, lifting the death toll to 238. The total fatality rate came in at 2.23 percent.

A total of 64 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 8,277. The total recovery rate was 77.4 percent.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has updated the data once a day at 10:00 a.m. local time from March 10, after having announced it twice a day.

Except for the first 30 cases, all the infections have been reported since Feb. 18. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level.

The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province came to 6,836 and 1,363 respectively. It accounted for almost 80 percent of the total.

The numbers in Seoul and its adjacent Gyeonggi province came in at 628 and 658 each.

Daegu became the epicenter of the viral spread here as the biggest cluster of infections was found in the metropolis with a 2.5 million population. Daegu has been designated by the government as a "special disaster zone."


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