By FAITH RIDLER FOR MAILONLINE
UNITED Kingdom — South Korea today reported just eight (8) new cases of coronavirus as the country’s daily increase dropped to single figures for the first time in two months.
The East Asian nation has now confirmed 10,661 cases of the virus, which has killed 234 people in South Korea throughout the global pandemic.
A further 8,042 patients have recovered and been released from quarantine, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, while 12,243 others were today undergoing testing for Covid-19.
‘We must not loosen our guard until the last confirmed patient is recovered,’ South Korea President Moon Jae-in said.
South Korea’s confirmed cases have fallen in recent weeks, after the nation recorded hundreds of new cases each day between February and March.
But despite this rapid downward trend, South Korean officials have warned about the possibility of a broader ‘quiet spread’ when people ease up on social distancing.
President Moon has also urged nationals to support the government in saving jobs and revitalising the economy.
‘Government efforts alone aren’t enough amid a grave world economic crisis. Public solidarity and cooperation are also needed to revive our economy,’ he said.
Japan reports 568 new cases
South Korea’s rapid fall in cases comes as Japan today confirmed a further 568 Covid-19 patients.
The nation’s total number of cases now stands at 11,073, with 174 deaths confirmed.
Japan’s infection total is, however, believed to be much higher as the nation has only just begun to expand its testing capabilities with additional centers in Tokyo and beyond.
Doctors across Japan will now be able to send suspected patients directly to these testing sites.
Japan’s Health Ministry has also received reports that some of the cloth face masks it has distributed to households are dirty. Reports from 80 municipalities claim the masks came with stains, dust and other contamination. (ia/SovereignPH.com/With reports from MailOnline-UK)