South Korea has confirmed an additional 293 coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 5,612, according to the country's Central Disaster Relief Headquarters.
A total of 32 patients have died from the virus.South Korea has the most cases of any country outside of China.According to Jung Eun-kyeong, the head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two thirds of those cases have been related to a cluster transmission, while the others have transmitted sporadically.
As of Wednesday, about 3,000 members of the Shincheonji religious group have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, accounting for 56% of cases nationwide. Among those confirmed cases within the religious group, some 2,900 cases are related to a branch in Daegu.While in Hong KongHealth officials in Hong Kong have confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the citywide total to 103.
In a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Center for Health Protection said that one of the new cases is a 43-year-old Buddhist monk from the Fook Wai Ching She Buddhist temple on Hong Kong Island.The temple has been connected to several other confirmed cases in the city. According to Dr. Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority, 43 patients have fully recovered from coronavirus and been discharged from hospital. Another 55 patients remain in hospital, including two in critical condition and three in serious condition.
Meanwhile Two patients with the virus have died in Hong Kong. Hong Kong residents evacuated: Hong Kong residents in China's Hubei province --ground zero for the outbreak-- will be flown back home today on two chartered flights.
During Wednesday's news conference, Professor Sophia Chan, the secretary for food and health, said the people on those charter flights will have to undergo a 14-day isolation period at a quarantine camp.