South Korea Cities “Like Ghost Towns” Due to Coronavirus

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Workers sanitise a street in front of a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu. Photo: Reuters

The coronavirus, more properly known as COVID-19, has hit the city of Daegu and its surrounding areas. South Korea has reported over 1,000 cases and 11 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, with 80% of those cases and 10 of the deaths based in Daegu. Residents of the area had not realized until this week how bad the situation was. The South Korean government hadn’t reported a single case of the virus until February 18th. Grocery stores are out of basic items and masks are running out. One resident says that he has been writing the dates of last use on each of his masks just in case he needs to re-use them.

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