After it appeared to be able to stem the spread of coronavirus disease in its territory, South Korea announced on Saturday 147 new infectious agents and eight more dead.
The current rate of infection is still considered relatively low in the country, but there is concern that the trend will soon reverse: So far, 8,799 people have been infected in the country, and have died 102. On February 29, 909 people were diagnosed in one day. “You may feel that the current situation is far better than in the past – but we still see group infection, virus infections from abroad and outbreaks in various workplaces,” the responsible minister warned.
109 of the 147 new cases were diagnosed in South Korea’s fourth-largest city, Digo, and the surrounding province – where 86% of the country’s total coronavirus was diagnosed. Another 15 cases have been identified in Seoul’s capital, and six more are from people who have entered a foreign country.
The South Korean government has announced that it will conduct corona testing for anyone entering the country from Europe, putting them in two-week isolation. The minister responsible further made it clear that no one would be fined for violating the conditions of isolation in the country: “Like citizens, foreigners will also be fined up to $ 2,400 and will not receive living expenses if they breach their conditions of isolation.”
Meanwhile, the South Korean prime minister announced that more than $ 3 billion in funds will be used to help small businesses and people in financial distress due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.