S. Korea: Neighbourhoods quiet in virus epicentre Daegu | AFP

The streets of Daegu are near empty as South Korea reports 256 new coronavirus cases, taking its total — the highest in the world outside China — to 2,022. More than 90 percent of the new cases are in Daegu — the city at the epicentre of the country’s outbreak — and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, with the death toll remaining at 13.

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Disinfection in Daegu as virus cases soar in S. Korea | AFP

Medical staff take full precautionary measures as they collect samples from patients under self-quarantine in Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million and the epicentre of the outbreak. The world’s 12th-largest economy announced more than 500 new infections, by far its largest rise so far.

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Coronavirus-hit South Korean city tries to contain disease spread | AFP

A worker sprays disinfectant at a railway station in Daegu, South Korea’s epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, as part of preventive measures against the spread of the virus. South Korea reported 284 new infections on Wednesday, while the US commanders reported an American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Daegu tested positive for the virus. One Daegu resident says people are ‘too afraid to go outside’. of East Daegu station, US Army Camp CarrollNΒ°1PB7VJ

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Virus outbreak ‘very grave’ in S.Korea says Moon as number of cases rise | AFP

The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is “very grave”, says President Moon Jae-in, wearing the uniform of a government emergency official. Moon was speaking at a meeting with government officials in Daegu. More than 80 percent of the infections in the country have been in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.

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South Korea: ‘I’m worried Daegu will become second Wuhan’ | AFP

People in Daegu, South Korea, voice their concerns after a spike in new coronavirus cases. More than 80 members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus have now been infected. Daegu is the country’s fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million. One man says he is “worried that Daegu will become the second Wuhan”.

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Exterior images of South Korean church affected by coronavirus | AFP

Images outside the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea. More than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed. Shincheonji is often accused of being a cult and claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. IMAGES

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