The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in South Korea has risen by 248 to a total of 7,382, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday. At least 51 people died, it added.
Earlier, South Korea reported 50 deaths from COVID-19.
"The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Director Eun-Kyung Jeong) announced that as of 9 March, the total cumulative number of patients [confirmed with coronavirus] was 7,382, of which 166 were quarantined", the statement said.
The number of people who have been discharged from hospital in South Korea now stands at 166, according to KCDC – 36 people recovered in the past 24 hours.
190 new cases were identified in Daegu, the fourth largest city and the epicentre of the COVID-19 in the country. 26 more were registered in Gyeongbuk Province, and the rest were identified in other regions of the country.
The outbreak is traced back to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, where a parishioner got contracted and soread the virus among others.
Due to the outbreak, the authorities have raised the highest level of alert in the country. Schools remain closed till 23 March.