Our starting point this afternoon.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea continues to rise.
For more details, we have our Kim Ji-yeon on the line.
Jiyeon, the number of COVID-19 related deaths in South Korea increased again on Monday and there have been more confirmed cases, particularly in the virus-stricken city of Daegu?
The number of newly confirmed patients jumped by 60 from the previous day raising the total number of cases to 893, as of Tuesday morning.
The majority of the newly confirmed cases 49 of them are from the southeastern city of Daegu and the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
On Monday, more than half of the confirmed cases were traced to members of the religious group 'Shincheonji' .
Local authorities said they're stepping up efforts to track down the remaining Shincheonji members for a thorough investigation.
They're to release the test results afterwards.
According to the central disaster headquarters of the Korea Centers for Disease Control, it will receive the personal identification number, phone number and residence address of the members.
Meanwhile, one more death was reported on Tuesday raising the number of coronavirus-related deaths in South Korea to nine.
The most recent victim is a 68-year-old female in Daegu who had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
After she died, it was confirmed that she had coronavirus.
Meanwhile, four more patients recovered on Monday increasing the number of those who have been discharged to 22.
An individual related to the U.S. Forces Korea in Daegu has also contracted the virus. Regarding that person, the KCDC said that so far, there are no additional confirmed cases in the force and that the individual is believed to have been infected by another Korean confirmed patient that works at the USFK military base.
South Korea's health authorities are working 24-seven to try and contain the virus' spread. How are they adapting to this increasing worrisome situation?
Well, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun visits the virus-hit city of Daegu later today to lead the government's containment efforts.
The previous day he stressed the importance of speedy preemptive measures to halt the spread as a nation and not just focusing on the worst-affected southeastern regions.
But Chung flatly denied speculations the South Korean government is considering banning the entry of Chinese as one of its countermeasures.
He also added that, realistically, it's nearly impossible to delay the April 15th general elections.
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