Thursday, February 20, 2020

South Korea: COVID-19 Cases Double Overnight (n=104) - 1st Death Reported


Forty-eight hours ago South Korea's COVID-19 case count stood at 31.  Yesterday it increased to 51, as a cluster of cases associated with the Shincheon Daegu Church began to emerge.  Overnight, those numbers have more than doubled, with South Korea's CDC  reporting 104 cases and 1 Death as of 2am (EST) or 1600 hrs KST.
Most of the new cases are from Daegu and Gyeongbuk, with a number of cases linked to  Qingdao Daenam Hospital.
The latest (translated) update from South Korea's CDC, followed by a link to a media report.

Corona Virus Infection-19 Domestic Occurrence (Daily Statistics, 16:00)Created 2020-02-20
Last Modified Date 2020-02-20 
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Coronavirus Infection-19 Domestic Occurrence (Based on 16:00)
□ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CEO Eun-Kyung Jung) announced that as of February 20, 20, 16 additional patients were confirmed. 

Of the 22 newly confirmed patients, 21 were identified in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, and one in Seoul.
-(21 in Daegu and Gyeongbuk) 5 cases related to Shincheon Jidae Church, 1 case related to New Oriental Hospital, 13 cases related to Qingdao Daenam Hospital (including one death, under investigation)
-(Seoul 1) Epidemiological Survey 1

Meanwhile, KBS World is reporting:
Authorities in S. Korea Believe COVID-19 Spreading Among General Public
Write: 2020-02-20 13:04:49/ Update: 2020-02-20 14:02:07

While 48 hours of activity is a bit soon from which to draw any firm conclusions, and containment in South Korea may still be possible, this is a dramatic and worrisome turn of events. 

Stay tuned.