September 28, 2020 13:29
The number of deaths linked to coronavirus in Korea surpassed 400 on Sunday, a low figure in international comparison but an escalating curve nonetheless.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Sunday said the death toll reached 401. Five more have died overnight.
Out of 101 deaths in the past 61 days, 88 were in the Seoul metropolitan area, more than double the 43 in the first six months of the epidemic. They were mostly elderly people who were infected in churches and nursing homes.
The proportion of infected people over 60 was 23.7 percent from Jan. 20 to Aug. 12 but rose to 35 percent from Aug. 13 to Sept. 26. That also led to a rise in patients in critical condition on ventilators.
On Sept. 23, a patient under 60 without a chronic disease died of the virus, a first for the country.
The number of coronavirus-linked deaths worldwide surpassed 1 million on Monday. Ryan, the executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said last Friday that "the figure could be higher without concerted international action."
Asked whether 2 million could die before a vaccine is found, he said, "It's not impossible."
Meanwhile, Korea reported another 50 new cases as of Monday morning, bringing to the cumulative total to 23,661.
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