Seoul: South Korea reported 169 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, including an American soldier. Health authorities have drawn up an ambitious plan to test more than 200,000 members of the country’s most affected church.
New cases have raised the total to 1,146, which is expected to increase as the government extends the scope of testing.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 134 of the new cases came from Daegu City and that a branch of the Shinjeon Jesuit Church in Daehan City was also related to the outbreak.
The US military reported the first case of a corona virus on Wednesday, a 23-year-old soldier living in the Carroll camp, about 20 kilometers from Darrow City. The camp is also close to a disability center where the virus broke out.
According to the Joongang Ilbo newspaper, the virus reported twelve deaths on Wednesday.
Approximately 80% of the cases in the country, including the disability center, relate to Daegu Church and a nearby hospital in Qingdao County, where some members are visited.
The church said it agreed to provide contact information to the government for all members and staff participating in the student program, but only if the information is not made public.
“We received a list of 212,000 Xintiandi believers from the church last night,” said Health Minister King Kong Li during a briefing on Wednesday.