South Korea reports 77 COVID-19 cases tied to hospitals

South Korea reports 77 COVID-19 cases tied to hospitals

Pedestrians wearing masks walk on a zebra crossing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Pedestrians wearing masks walk on a zebra crossing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Seoul, South Korea, Sep 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

SEOUL: South Korea has reported 77 new cases of the coronavirus, mostly from the greater capital area where officials are scrambling to stem transmissions at hospitals and nursing homes.

Figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday (Oct 24) brought the country’s caseload to 25,775, including 457 deaths. Among the 1,484 active cases, 60 are in serious condition.

Fifty-nine of the new cases were reported from densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has emerged as the epicentre of the outbreak since summer.

Hundreds of cases have been linked to a handful of hospitals and nursing homes. 

READ: South Korea COVID-19 cases rise in hospitals, nursing homes

READ: WHO's Tedros says countries on 'dangerous track' in COVID-19 pandemic

Officials are testing thousands of medical workers to stem infections.

Eleven of the new cases were tied to international arrivals, including passengers from the United States, the Philippines and India.

BOOKMARK THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and its developments

Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram

Source: AP/kv

Bookmark