SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has doubled in just 24 hours, to a total of 204 cases. The majority are from the southeastern city of Daegu and are followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious sect.
Throughout the country, public fear is escalating and health officials have deemed the situation a “super-spreading event,” but government officials seem confident they can keep it under control. Even if infected, “patients could be cured completely within two to three weeks,” as long as the patient has no underlying disease, Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo said at a televised briefing on Friday. He expressed confidence in medical personnel’s ability to treat the infected.