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South Korea

The South Korea CDC has seen the number of COVID-19 cases soar over the past 48 hours from a few dozen to more than 100 today.

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The latest figures show there are now 104 confirmed cases, with the most recent cases being reported from Daegu, Gyeongbuk and Seoul.

In the South Korean city of Daegu, dozens of cases have been linked to to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which is being called a “super-spreader” event.

Daegu’s mayor, Kwon Young-jin said, “We are in an unprecedented crisis.”

Diamond Princess

NHK-World Japan reported two Japanese people in their 80s have died who were aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Tokyo. One had underlying health conditions, while the other did not.

They had been hospitalized and tested positive last week for the new coronavirus.

China update

Chinese officials reported 394 new confirmed cases and 114 new deaths (108 in Hubei, Hebei, Shanghai, Fujian, Shandong, and Yunnan), bringing the total in the country to 74,576 confirmed cases and 2118 deaths.