South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 231 new cases of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 today taking the nation's total confirmed cases to 8-hundred-and-33.
That's a huge jump if you think back to this time last week, this country had just confirmed 30 cases.
The nation also reported another death from COVID-19 just hours ago bringing the death toll to eight. Arirang News' Hong Yoo is on the line.
Yoo, give us the latest.
Another COVID-19 patient died on Monday at around 4:11 PM, bringing the domestic death toll to eight.
This patient was being treated at Kyungpook National University Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
His infection route has been traced to Cheongdo Daenam Hospital, the site of the country's first coronavirus death, and it's where at least 113 people have been infected.
With this, the number of coronavirus-related deaths there has risen to six.
And 70 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Monday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases to 833.
41 cases were in Daegu and 12 each in Gyeongsangbuk-do and Busan.
The majority of the cases overall at least 456 of them are members of a Daegu-based religious group known as Shincheonji.
"Right now, our whole family try to stay at home and not go out. If we need to buy daily necessities, we will buy as much as possible at once so as to reduce the number of times we go out. We're a bit afraid to go out."
"I am very worried. I try to avoid going out and clean my room more often at home."
Meanwhile, the number of cases in the army has risen to 13 in total with two soldiers newly confirmed.
To stop it spreading further in the army, the Ministry of Defense has banned outdoor training and ordered troops to find ways to manage their training schedules flexibly.
The country's health authorities are working around the clock to contain the virus, of course. And the government has announced measures that will be applied nationwide for the first time. What are the authorities planning to do?
With the government having raised the COVID-19 alert to highest level, "critical," in its 4-tier system, the Korea Centers for Disease Control will distribute revised prevention rules.
Those rules include not going to school or work if one has a high fever or respiratory symptoms.
It also advises pregnant women and people over 65 years old to avoid places with large numbers of people.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control's central disaster headquarters announced that it'll delay the start of the new school year for a week from March 2nd to March 9th..
This applies to all kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools as well as special needs schools nationwide.
Yoo, airlines have begun suspending domestic flights to and from the southeastern city of Daegu - that's where hundreds of COVID-19 cases have been reported. But, that city is apparently struggling to get their hands on face masks?
You're absolutely right, Connyoung.
Yes, with COVID-19 cases accumulating in Daegu, South Korean airlines are temporarily suspending some domestic flights there.
That includes Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Jeju Air.
Cuts are also in the works at low-cost carriers such as T'way Air.
Meanwhile, face masks and hand sanitizers are running out nationwide.
Companies are finding it hard to keep up with demand even with all their supply chains activated.
In Daegu, a supermarket selling face masks saw hundreds of people lined up to buy them.
Back to you.
And, we're hearing one person is limited to purchase just 30 face masks.
Thanks, Hong Yoo, for that update.