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South Korea, Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): Number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in South Korea has doubled in just 24 hours, to a total of 204 cases, with majority from the southeastern city of Daegu and the followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious sect, media reports said.
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The escalating anxiety and public fear was alleviated by Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo's words at a televised briefing on Friday where he expressed confidence in medical personnel's ability to treat the infected.
Seventy percent of South Korea's confirmed cases are followers of Shincheonji.
Roughly 1,000 of its members are being tracked down by Health officials.
Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo is under quarantine. Dozens of confirmed patients are workers of the hospital or have visited the hospital.
Residents of Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, with 2.5 million have been advised to stay home and wear masks even when they're indoors. Shops restaurants, public parks and other offices have been shut down.
Restriction have been enforced on all 600,000 enlisted troops in South Korea’s military from leaving for vacation or meeting outside visitors.
But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases were manageable and hoped that South Korea will do everything to contain this outbreak at this early stage. The new cases were mostly linked to known, existing clusters of infections, he said.