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Gwangju and S.Jeolla reported over 200 COVID-19 patients in two weeks

2주새 확진자 200.. 광주전남 거리두기 2단계 격상도 눈앞

Gwangju and S.Jeolla reported over 200 COVID-19 patients in two weeks


There were 200 newly infected patients over 2 weeks in the Gwangju Jeonnam region. As a result, the concerns for further transmission and reinforcement of the Social Distancing measures are rising. Our Hyungjin Ro reports.


COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate in Gwangju and South Jeolla Province. The number of confirmed cases reached nearly 200, and the number of people in isolation has exceeded 5,000 in 2 weeks.


Leading to the collapse of the quarantine system at Chonnam National University Hospital, the major medical facility in the region, a series of infections was reported in the hospital causing confusion in the medical system. Also, an entire village in South Jeolla Province is being controlled due to the local infection spread. The education authorities are also facing difficulties ahead of the national university entrance exam.


According to quarantine authorities, the cumulative number of confirmed cases has reached 903, 595 in Gwangju and 308 in South Jeolla Province since the first case of the COVID-19 virus was reported on February and 86% of them are local infections.


Since the 7th of this month, when the fourth round of pandemic began, 72 and 112 new patients were reported in Gwangju and South Jeolla Province respectively.


Meanwhile, the city of Gwangju has enforced tougher social distancing measure starting today, while Mokpo, Yeosu, Suncheon, and Gwangyang strengthened their quarantine system equivalent to level 1.5.


However, it is not certain whether the spread of the disease can be controlled under level 1.5 as a number of cases have unknown infection routes, and infections in local communities including workplaces and schools are rapidly increasing.

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