South Korea reports 476 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 4,212

A woman wearing a mask to prevent contacting the coronavirus waits for a train at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported on Monday 476 new coronavirus cases, taking its national tally to 4,212, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

The death toll rose to 22, up from 20 the day before, KCDC said.

Of the new cases, 377 were from the southeastern city of Daegu, home to a branch of the church at the center of South Korea’s outbreak, and 68 from the nearby province of North Gyeongsang, KCDC said.

The agency said some Shincheonji Church of Jesus members in January visited the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the disease emerged late last year, though it was investigating to determine whether that played a role in the outbreak.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Gerry Doyle

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