South Korea has confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
This is the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.
Authorities also reported the Country’s first case of reinfection was a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official, Mr Kwon Jun-wook said the illness recurred as her immune system had declined, adding that at least 10 reinfection cases have already been reported in China.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that more than 90 percent of the new cases were in Daegu, the centre of the country’s outbreak, and its neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.
The statement added that three women in the Daegu area and one man died of the illness, all of whom were ages 60s and above, taking the national toll to 17.
The national total is expected to rise further with screening of more than 260,000 people associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country’s cases.
A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million, before being diagnosed.
Facing public criticism, a Shincheonji spokesman said the church members were victims of a “witch hunt”.