On Tuesday, South Korea reported 60 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), the lowest increase for four days in the morning updates from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The country now has 893 cases, the KCDC said. It is now the highest total of cases outside the ground zero of the virus from mainland China. Another infected patient died in South Korea, which makes the death toll to eight people.
KCDC had recorded triple-digit rises every morning for the previous three days, as the pandemic reached South Korea, the 12th world’s largest economy.
South Korea has an advanced medical system, a free press, and a strong culture of public accountability. Experts believe that their health statistics can be taken with confidence.
KCDC announced that 49 new cases come from the southern city of Daegu and the neighboring North Gyeongsang province.
Many infections in the country are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, an organization frequently suspected of being a cult.
Shincheonji claims that his founder, Lee Man-hee, dressed Jesus Christ’s mantle and on the day of judgment will take 144,000 people with him to heaven.
On February 10, a 61-year-old woman church member developed a fever but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.