South Korea reported the largest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases on this Thursday - up 5-hundred-and-five in the past 24 hours taking the national total to 17-66 38 days since the nation confirmed its very first case of the novel coronavirus.
Most of the positive cases are from the southeastern city of Daegu and the nearby Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
It's also reported another fatality bringing the death toll 13.
For the latest, we have our Kan Hyeong-woo on the line.
Hyeong-woo, hundreds more infections were confirmed just today.
That's right. South Korea confirmed 5-hundred five more coronavirus cases on Thursday alone.
This is the highest number of infections in a single day so far, and it brings the total number in the country to one,seven-hundred-66.
Over 80 percent of the cases are in the southeastern city of Daegu and the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
South Korea also reported its 13th death earlier today.
The 74-year old man from Daegu was one of those with a connection to the Shincheonji religious group.
He was tested for the virus on Sunday and the results came back positive on Tuesday.
Having fever and a cough, he was waiting to be hospitalized due to a shortage of sickbeds.
But the patient started to have difficulty breathing on Thursday morning and died after receiving CPR.
With more and more cases being confirmed each day, the government is readjusting how it categorizes the severity of these cases and the assignment of sickbeds accordingly.
"The principle is to look at each patient's condition, send those who have high risk factors and are in need of special treatment to state-designated hospitals to prevent severe disease and death."
Some 25-thousand people are still being tested.
So far, 26 patients have been released from quarantine after making full recoveries.
The virus has been spreading much faster since the first cases emerged from to the Shincheonji religious group.
How is South Korea dealing with that?
The Korean government is tracking down all of Shincheonji's followers.
It's obtained the complete list of the group's roughly 210-thousand members.
The central countermeasure headquarters said it sent the list to local governments so they can figure out where they are and test those who show symptoms.
The government has also demanded the group submit an additional list of some 70,000 people considered to be in the group's intitiation process.
A total of 870 confirmed cases which is about half of the total are related to Shincheonji.
Since the nation's 31st patient, who turned out to be a Shincheonji follower, was reported in Daegu on February 18th, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has skyrocketed.
The 61-year old woman attended Shincheonji services twice in the ten days before she was confirmed to be infected.
In terms of the economy, the Korean government has announced a relief plan for landlords who give discounts on rent to help their commercial tenants.
This is in view of the sharp downturn in business they're experiencing.
Tell us about that, Hyeong-woo.
The nation's deputy prime minister and finance minister, Hong Nam-ki, said the government is going to share the cost of these rent discounts with the landlords during the first half of the year.
These property owners are voluntarily collecting less rent from their small business tenants.
The plan is to give them a tax deduction of 50 percent of the discount they give their tenants.
This will apply regardless of the landlord's total income or the size of the discount.
Because this requires changes to the law, the finance minister asked for active help from the National Assembly.
In certain markets, if discounts are given for at least 20 percent of the properties there, then the goverment will offer a fire-safey upgrade that includes fixing outdated electrical systems and installing new sprinklers.
Hong also said that rents for state-owned properties will be reduced to one-third of the normal level until the end of the year.