Coronavirus situation in Seoul seen reaching worst point

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Seoul – The outbreak in Seoul appears to have reached its worst point over the past week, an analysis data showed on Wednesday.

It however, reached worst largely due to a recent string cluster traced to crowds and sports facilities.

The capital’s average daily number confirmed cases recently already surpassed the previous high point reached in the middle March, when the number new linked to a call centre in the southern ward of Guro was spiralling.

“The number of patients isolated in Seoul’s hospitals for treatment is also approaching the previous high point,’’ the analysis showed.

It found the daily average of locally transmitted cases per week, or the seven-day moving average of daily cases, stood at 18.9 in Seoul on Sunday and 19.3 on Monday, compared with 17 recorded on March 14.

The daily average for Tuesday is estimated to hit 18.9 .

Yonhap used the moving average method in its analysis to reduce statistical loopholes caused by decreases in the number of tests conducted on weekends.

The number of hospitalised patients, including those who arrived from abroad, rose to 359 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, compared with the previous high point of 408 recorded on April 5.

Considering the recent spike in , the number of patients requiring hospital treatment is expected to continue to grow for the time being.

The number of hospitalised patients was in excess of 200 between mid-March and late April before declining, however, beginning in late , the figure has risen above the 200 mark.

In contrast to a steady decline in imported cases, locally transmitted traced to clubs, churches, warehouses, call centres, indoor sports facilities and a product retailer have broken throughout the Seoul metropolitan area.

Since 2, the capital’s reproduction rate of the coronavirus, which reflects the average number of getting infected by a , has remained above 1, meaning the virus is steadily spreading in the city.

The number of cumulative infections in Seoul reached 1,027, while reported 50 on the day, raising the total caseload to 11,902.