The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is expected to decrease, while that of patients making a full recovery is forecast to rise.
According to the Central Epidemic Control Countermeasure Headquarters under the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), another 438 COVID-19 cases were confirmed as of midnight on March 5, raising the nation’s total to 5,766.
Through Feb. 28, the number of confirmed cases rose as high as 900 per day. The figure decreased over the last three days, however, with around 400 new cases reported over the last six days.
The number of patients discharged from quarantine after making a full recovery also shot up from 41 to 88.
Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Gang-lip, who is concurrently KCDC deputy director, told a daily briefing on March 5 at Government Complex-Sejong, “Except in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, which is designated a special management zone for infectious disease, and Daegu, no further cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed,” adding, “We will prevent the number of COVID-19 cases from increasing.”
The day before, KCDC Director Jung Eun-Kyeong told a daily briefing, “The number of patients with minor symptoms is both high and increasing, and this will speed up the rate of discharge from quarantine.”