Coronavirus Cases Leap to 433 Overnight in South Korea

South Korea’s number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled Saturday to a total of 433 — an eightfold jump in just four days.

“The situation is entering a new phase,” Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip told reporters. But the high number of confirmed cases is also because the country’s medical industry has high diagnostic capability, according to experts.

The current period is still “early stage” and the government is cautiously confident that the spread of the novel coronavirus could be contained surrounding the Daegu area, Kim added.

Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-largest city, has been designated a “special management zone” along with Daenam Hospital in nearby Cheongdo County where two deaths have been reported. The central government is channeling medical support to the zone with more staff, hospital beds and equipment.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Joohee Cho