South Korea adds 114 virus cases, warns on Seoul cluster

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea reported fewer than 120 new coronavirus cases yesterday, but authorities warned that a new cluster in Seoul could see the infection spread in the capital.

Around 100 people linked to a call centre in the city have tested positive for the virus in recent days.

“This could lead to a ‘super spread’ in the metropolitan area, where half of the entire population are concentrated,” South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting yesterday.

So far, nearly 90 per cent of South Korea’s cases have been in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.

The South was the first country to report significant coronavirus numbers outside China, where the disease first emerged, and remains one of the world’s worst-affected countries despite being overtaken by both Italy and Iran in declared cases.

A total of 114 infections were confirmed on Wednesday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, taking the South’s total to 7,869.

Six more people died, it added, with the toll rising to 66.

Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. PHOTO: AP