South Korea reports 142 more COVID-19 cases, total 346

10:00 | 22/02/2020
South Korea on Saturday (Feb 22) reported 142 more cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide total to 346.
south korea reports 142 more covid 19 cases total 346
Tourists in traditional Korean hanbok dress wear face masks as they visit at Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Jan 30, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

This is the highest number of people infected outside of China.

On Friday afternoon, a total of 100 new cases were confirmed with 85 of them connected to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu.

The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised locals to stay indoors, while access to a major US military base in the area has been restricted.

The new coronavirus started in the Chinese city of Wuhan but has since spread to more than 25 countries.

Globally more than 2,000 people have died from the disease and more than 76,000 people have tested positive, the vast majority in China.

AFP

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