President Moon Jae-in said today that the government is directing its full capacity to contain the spread of the virus.
Moon himself is the southeastern city of Daegu the epicenter of the virus in South Korea -- to comfort local residents, as well as encourage local officials and medical and quarantine staff who are working around the clock.
The president said the battle needs to reach a turning point this week.
The government will work on the national level and alongside Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province to win the battle against the virus. We have to make a clear turning point in the number of new confirmed cases within this week.
Moon also reassured the public that the government's maximum containment efforts do not mean a lockdown of the city, but rather taking more thorough measures to block the transmission and spread.
There has been speculation that Daegu itself could be cut off and isolated.
The president also pledged to look at support measures to ease the socio-economic damage on top of the swift use of emergency funds.
Moon said that designating the city as special disaster zone is not enough, promising further fiscal support, including a supplementary budget.