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South Korea's COVID-19 outbreak has claimed more lives and the number of new cases is now jumping sharply by the day.
For more details, we have our Kim Ji-yeon on the line.
Jiyeon, the number of COVID-19 related deaths in South Korea has increased again and the number of confirmed cases continues to rise among groups of people engaged in religious activities.
According to the central disaster headquarters of the Korea Centers for Disease Control this morning, the number of newly-confirmed cases has risen by 161 from the previous day raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 763, as of Monday morning.
The majority of the newly-confirmed cases at least 129 cases were traced to be members of the Daegu -based religious group known as 'Shincheonji' .
Of the 161 new cases, 155 cases are in Daegu raising the total number of cases in the southeastern city to 457.
Meanwhile, one more person died on raising the total number of deaths to seven as of Monday morning.
The most recent victim is a 62-year-old male patient, who was hospitalized at Daenam Hospital in the southeastern county of Cheongdo , where the country's first coronavirus death happened and it's where at least 112 people have been infected.
With this, the number of coronavirus-related deaths that were hospitalized patients from the Daenam hospital has risen to five.
The country's health authorities are working around the clock to contain the virus' spread. How are they planning to tackle this increasing worrisome situation?
The KCDC says its utmost priority is for the prompt discovery of the virus in patients in its early stages while maintaining its stance of minimizing damages by limiting the inflow of the virus' pathway from other countries.
It found that while the number of newly confirmed cases have increased rapidly the main modes of infection are concentrated in certain areas like Daegu.
Authorities say they've secured a list of some nine,530 religious members of Shincheonji and they have advised those members to isolate themselves in their homes until they're clear from the virus.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control's central disaster headquarters announced it'll delay the start of the new school year for a week from March 2nd to March 9th as a preventative measure.
This applies to all kindergarten, elementary, middle, high schools as well as special needs schools nationwide.
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