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S. Korea now has more than 200 cases of COVID-19 as virus spreads in Daegu Updated: 2020-02-21 16:46:35 KST

The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed here in South Korea has been surging by the day as health officials here focus on a church.
It's confirmed more than 1-hundred new cases alone today, bringing the country's total to more than 2-hundred.
Most of the new cases have been linked to a church in Daegu.
For more, we have our Choi Jeong-yoon reporting from the National Medical Center.
So Jeong-yoon, where are these cases coming from?

Connyoung, I'm out here at the National Medical Center, one of the facilities designated for exclusively treating COVID-19.
83 out of 100 newly-confirmed cases in South Korea come from the southeastern city of Daegu and the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do Province,bringing the total number of cases in the country to 204.
That region alone, with 153 confirmed cases so far, accounts for more than 70 percent of the total nationwide.
Other regions have also reported new cases five in Seoul, four in Gyeongsangnam-do province, and one each in the provinces of Chungcheongnam-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeonggi-do and Jeonllabuk-do and the cities of Gwangju and Jeju.
South Korea's first death was reported on Thursday.
That was a 63-year-old man who had been hospitalized with schizophrenia in Cheongdo Daenam Hospital for more than twenty years.
On Wednesday, he died of pneumonia.
But through an autopsy, doctors found he had COVID-19.

This is causing a lot of concern in Daegu, especially.
Why is it spreading so fast in these particular places, and what kind of measures are being taken in the region?

Among the newly confirmed cases, more than 90 are tied to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which in Daegu was visited by the country's 31st patient.
But the number of cases is likely to surge as some 500 worshippers at the church are saying they have coronavirus symptoms.
Now that community-based transmission is occurring in Daegu, the government has put the area under special quarantine.
The city government has enhanced its quarantine regime by designating more hospitals for treating the virus and is providing masks and medical supplies.
It's also postponing all large gatherings and events until March.
On top of that, all day care centers in Daegu have been advised to close until further notice.
Back to you Connyoung.
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