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Seoul, March 4, 2020
South Korea on Wednesday confirmed 142 more cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, raising the total number of infections to 5,328.
Two more deaths were reported, taking the toll due to the coronavirus outbreak to 33, Xinhua reported.
The virus infection soared for the past two weeks, with 5,155 new cases reported from February 19 to March 3. The country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest "red" level.
The total number of infections in Daegu, about 300 km southeast of Seoul, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province increased to 4,006 and 774, respectively. It accounted for almost 90 per cent of the total.
Since January 3, the country has tested more than 136,000 people, among whom 102,965 tested negative for the virus and 28,414 were being checked.
Seven more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, raising the combined number to 41.