By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the explosive growth of COVID-19 cases in South Korea, health officials in the country saw cases double once again in the past day.

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The official count from the South Korea CDC is now 433, with the bulk of the cases linked to clusters in Daegu (Shincheon Daegu Church) and Cheongdo (Qingdao Daenam Hospital). Two deaths have been reported in the country.

Both cities have been declared “special care zones”.

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Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the outbreak had entered “a serious new phase” but still expressed cautious optimism that it could be contained to the region surrounding Daegu in a media briefing.

“Although we are beginning to see some more cases nationwide, infections are still sporadic outside of the special management zone of Daegu and North Gyeongsang province,” Kim said during a briefing.