South Korea confirms 104 new Coronavirus cases

A family wearing face masks walk along the Han river in Seoul

A family wearing face masks walk along the Han river in Seoul

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infections in the country to 9,137.

South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases today, maintaining a downward trend in new infections which raised hopes that Asia's largest outbreak outside China may be slowing.

But officials urged even greater vigilance as imported cases and new, small outbreaks continued to emerge, such as in nursing homes, churches and crowded workplaces.

South Korea rolled out widespread testing within days, swiftly launching an aggressive program to isolate confirmed cases and trace their contacts.

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Yoon said most religious venues turned to online services and most others complied with new rules on distance between people at gatherings.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. Over 102,000 have recovered, majority in China.

Another 20 trillion won will be used to purchase corporate bonds and commercial paper of companies faced with the credit crisis, said President moon Jae-In at an emergency economic meeting. South Korea has taken a series of measures to curb pressure on the country's economy including rate cut and an extra $9.12 billion budget and more dollar supplies.

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