The deadly virus has “reactivated” a total of 116 patients, including 48 in the national epicenter of Daegu coronaviruses, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the virus may have been reactivated after staying asleep in patients, rather than re-infecting them.
The country reported last week that 51 cases of patients were positive after getting rid of the virus.
Jeong noted, however, that there have been no cases of relapsed patients passing the virus on to anyone else, Yonhap News reported.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the government would soon seek to lift some of the home stay directives, which are in effect until April 19 at least.
“We need a very cautious approach, because any premature relaxation of social distance could have irreversible consequences and we must deeply question ourselves about when and how we will move to the new system,” he said. .
South Korea has confirmed more than 10,500 cases of COVID-19, with more than 7,447 patients cleared of the virus, officials said.
With post wires