S. Korea confirms 7,755 COVID-19 infections, 99 cases related to cluster spread from Guro-gu call center
Updated: 2020-03-12 07:24:50 KST
Seoul has confirmed at least 99 coronavirus cases linked to a call center in Guro-gu district, southwest Seoul on Wednesday the largest cluster transmission in the capital.
This is up by at least 30 from yesterday when the cluster infection on the 11th floor of the building was first reported.
Health authorities on Wednesday reported that South Korea has a total of 65 deaths and 7,755 infections, up 242 from the previous day.
Though more than half of the new cases are still from Daegu, 50 plus were from Seoulhit hard by the call center infections.
"There are worries that these new cases could accelerate the spread because the call center is near the Guro and Sindorim subway stations, which are major transportation hubs."
Another reason why such concerns have been raised is because many of the call center employees, who come from across the capital region took public transportation on their daily commute.
Meanwhile over in Daegu, the number of newly confirmed cases surged by 131, a day after authorities reported that new cases dropped below the 100 mark.
A total of 5,794 people have tested positive in Daegu, the most of any part of the country by far.
The majority of cases in the area came from a cluster infection from the Shincheonji religious group, but according to Daegu city mayor Kwon Young-jin on Wednesday, ten employees from 6 call centers in the city have been infected, raising concerns of more.
The mayor says that the city is in the process of investigating the entire workforces of all 56 call centers enrolled with the Korea Contact Center Association, as well as other private call centers.
He also requested the government to designate Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province as special disaster areas, and urged financial emergency assistance for the vulnerable and the self-employed.