By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up report, the South Korea CDC reported (computer translated) an additional 100 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total in the country to 204. The increase in cases in recent days center around a church in Daegu; however, cases are also reported in Seoul and other cities.

Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun said in a televised statement the central government will concentrate its support to the southeastern region to ease a shortage in sickbeds, medical personnel and equipment.

“A month into the (COVID-19) outbreak, we have entered an emergency phase,” Chung said. “Our efforts until now had been focused on blocking the illness from entering the country. But we will now shift the focus on preventing the illness from spreading further in local communities.”

In China, authorities reported 889 new confirmed cases and 118 new deaths (115 in Hubei, and 1 in Zhejiang, Chongqing, and Yunnan) Wednesday. This brings the total in China to 75,465 confirmed cases and 2,236 deaths.