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New COVID-19 cases in S. Korea rise by 334 on Thursday bringing total to 1,595; 1 additional death Updated: 2020-02-27 10:07:07 KST

Alarming number of coronavirus cases here in South Korea.
The country reports over 15-hundred confirmed cases as of today with a total of 13 deaths from the virus.
For the latest on COVID-19 in South Korea we connect to our Choi Jeong-yoon on the line.
Jeong-yoon, hundreds more people were confirmed to have the virus.

Yes, Jiyoon, South Korea confirmed 3-hundred 34 new cases on Thursday.
This brings the total number in the country to one,five-hundred-95.
Since the country's first infection on January 20th, this is the highest number of infections in a single day.
Most of the cases were in Daegu and the southeastern part of the country.
307 of the new cases are in Daegu and four each from the Gyeongsangbuk-do and Chungcheongnam-do provinces.
South Korea's central region also saw new cases.
Six more in Seoul, three in Daejeon and four in Gyeonggi-do province.
South Korea also reported its 13th death on Thursday.
The 73-year old man from Daegu was one of the those related to the Shincheonji religious group.
He was tested for the virus last Sunday and the results came back positive on Tuesday.
He seemed to have no special symptoms other than fever and a cough but started to have difficulty breathing on Thursday morning and died after CPR.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus, places and venues have been closed where close contact with other people is impossible to avoid. How are things going in that regard?

Seoul city has banned all assemblies scheduled to happen in the center of the city.
It has expanded the area where assemblies are banned to now include Jong-ro, so protestors won't be able to gather in most parts of central Seoul.
Roads near Seoul Plaza had already been restricted.
The government said those who hold assemblies in the area could be fined up to 2,5-hundred U.S. dollars.
Amid the spread of the virus, all 16 dioceses of the Korean Catholic Church have halted all Masses.
Such measures are a first in 236 years of the Catholic Church in Korea.
The nation‘s railway operator Korail has also temporarily stopped lines that are mostly used by group tourists.
The lines include the O-train, which circles through central regions and the S-train, that runs along the coast of southern parts.
The number of national express buses to Daegu have also been cut as passenger numbers have plunged due to the outbreak there.
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