South Korea reported a jump of 142 additional cases overnight, bringing the country's total to 346, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
New cases breakdown:
- North Gyeongsang province (which surrounds southeastern city of Daegu): 103
- Daegu city: 28
- Busan: 2
- Gyeonggi province: 2
- North Chungcheong province: 2
- Daejeon: 1
- Gwangju: 1
- North Jeolla province: 1
- Sejong: 1
- Jeju: 1
Clusters: Among the 142 new cases, 92 are linked to the Cheongdo Daenam hospital, in North Gyeongsang province and 38 are linked with the Shincheonji religious group. South Korean authorities earlier this week were seeking to question more than 1,000 members of the group who attended a service with one of the recently confirmed cases.
Deaths: South Korea reported its second death from the virus on Friday.
Seoul tries to control spread: The South Korean government is taking a range of measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, including shutting down public places in the capital and designating "special care zones."
After three cases were detected in the country's armed forces, all South Korean military personnel have been restricted from leaving their bases and going on vacation.