Seoul, March 12 (IANS) South Korea has confirmed 114 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Thursday, raising the total number of infections to 7,869. Five more deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 66. The total fatality rate rose to 0.84 per cent.
Forty-five more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, raising the combined number to 333, Xinhua reported.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) decided to update the data once a day at 10 a.m. local time from March 10, after having announced it twice a day.
The virus infection soared for the past weeks, with 7,838 new cases reported from February 19 to March 11. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest “red” level.
The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province increased to 5,867 and 1,143 respectively. It accounted for about 90 per cent of the total.