Korea announced 505 new coronavirus infections Thursday, the highest amount for a single day, as government authorities tried tracking down followers of the Christian sect that has seen many victims.Total infections rose to 1,766 by Thursday at 4 p.m., according to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). One more death was reported, bringing fatalities to 13. As in the past week, most infections were in Daegu, Korea’s fourth-largest city in the southeastern part of the country, where a large Shincheonji church has become a focus of the epidemiological investigation. Of Thursday’s 505 new cases, 422 were in Daegu and 28 in the surrounding province of North Gyeongsang, another heavily affected area.Seoul counted seven more infections, bringing total infections in the capital to 56, including at least 11 in Jongno District, central Seoul, and nine in Songpa District, southern Seoul.The most recent coronavirus patient to have died was a 74-year-old man in Daegu who was a Shincheonji follower, city officials said Thursday in a press briefing. He died at around 9 a.m. Thursday in an ambulance on his way to the hospital after testing positive for the virus Tuesday.Daegu officials said he was on a list… Read full this story
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