South Korea recorded 279 new cases of coronavirus in the largest daily leap since early March, as concerns of a major outbreak in the greater capital region are increasing. The figures released on Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the national caseload to 15,318, 305 deaths including.
The number of new cases is the highest since March 8, 367, when the country concentrated national public health tools and staff to bring an outbreak under control in the less populated southern region. The KCDC said 253 of the new cases came from the metropolitan area of Seoul, home to 26 million people, where health authorities struggled to stop church-related transmissions, nursing homes , schools, restaurants, and door-to – door salespeople.
Even in other major cities such as Busan and Daegu, which was the epicenter of the previous crisis in late February and March when hundreds of new cases were reported each day, infections were identified. At a meeting with the virus, President Moon Jae-in called for “pan-national” measures to limit coronavirus spread in the capital city. He also ordered officials to review plans to share hospital space between Seoul and neighboring cities to ensure quick patient transportation so that a surge in cases in one region would not overwhelm their hospital system.