South Korea reports rebound in new coronavirus cases after nursing home outbreak

Hyonhee Shin, Reuters

Posted at Mar 19 2020 10:52 AM

People wearing protective masks, following an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), stand in a line to buy masks in front of a drug store in Daegu, South Korea, March 13, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

SEOUL - South Korea posted a jump in new coronavirus cases on Thursday, reversing days of slowing infections after a new outbreak emerged in a nursing home in the hardest-hit city of Daegu.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 152 new cases, taking the national tally to 8,565.

The country had recorded fewer than 100 new infections for 4 days in a row until Wednesday.

Among the new cases, 97 are from Daegu, southeast of Seoul, where the KCDC said at least 74 patients at a nursing home have tested positive for the virus this week.

The KCDC did not specify how many of the new cases were linked to the nursing home directly.

The fresh outbreak has prompted Daegu officials to launch extensive checks on all other nursing homes involving more than 33,000 people.

"The rise in new infections could be ascribed to the nursing home where the outbreak occurred and our across-the-board survey on similar facilities", Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told a briefing, without elaborating on the numbers.