South Korea has raised the coronavirus alert to its highest level on Sunday, as President Moon Jai-in said his country face a “grave turning point.” More than 600 people have been infected and six people have died in the country.
On Sunday health officials said the number of people infected with coronavirus, formally known as Covid-19 has soared as the infections are linked to a religious group in the city of Daegu.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, 95 of the new cases are linked to the Christian sect in Daegu and the total number of cases linked to the church stands at 329.
On Friday around 9,000 people from the sect were told to self-isolate across the country.
President Moon said after a meeting with experts and government ministers, “The Covid-19 incident faces a grave turning point.
“The next few days will be crucial. The government will raise the alert level to the highest level of ‘grave’ according to experts’ recommendations and drastically strengthen our response system.”