Follow Yonhap, 74 new cases were recorded on March 15 in South Korea, marking the lowest number of corona virus infections in the country in more than 3 weeks. This is also the second day in a row South Korea recorded the number of new Covid-19 cases falling below 100 people.
To date, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Korea is 8,136, while the number of deaths is 75. The majority of deaths are in the elderly and have underlying disease.
About 61% of corona virus infections in Korea are related to a branch of the New Heavenly Sect in Daegu, the fourth largest city in Korea with a population of 2.5 million.
The number of new infections in South Korea tended to decrease as health officials completed testing for 210,000 Xinjiang members. Daegu City and North Gyeongsang Province are still two corona epidemic centers in Korea with 6,066 and 1,164 cases, respectively.
In addition to the two “outbreaks” above, South Korea also recently recorded two other “outbreaks” are customer care centers in Seoul and the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans of Korea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on March 15 that the city of Daegu and three areas in North Gyeongsang Province, Gyeongsan City and Cheongdo District, Bonghwa, were “a special disaster area”.
This is the first time the Korean government has put a certain area into a special disaster area for reasons not related to natural disasters. Earlier, Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan were considered “special management areas” after they became a hot spot for the Covid-19 outbreak.
The announcement of a special disaster zone allows the Korean government to set aside a national budget to support 50% of the costs of the Covid-19 epidemic damage to these localities. In addition, it also allows those affected by the government to support living costs, utility bills and public health insurance.