With comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures, China’s COVID-19 cases are declining and more people are returning to work.
But cases continue to grow rapidly outside China, with major outbreaks in neighboring South Korea and Japan, raising growing concerns in the two northeast Asian countries.
China, which has received donations of much-needed supplies and heart-warming well-wishes from countries including South Korea and Japan at the height of its epidemic situation, is now giving back like a real friend in need to the two neighbors so as to help them get through hard times.
South Korea reported its first coronavirus case on Jan. 20. Nearly a month after, the number of infections stood at 31. The situation then quickly worsened, with several cases linked to a religious group in the metropolis of Daegu, a city roughly 300 km southeast of the capital Seoul.
Infections in South Korea soared over the past 15 days and the country has raised its four-tier virus alert to the highest “red” level.
By Thursday morning, South Korea’s total coronavirus infections spiked to 5,766, the highest national count outside China. Some 90 percent of cases were reported in Daegu and its surrounding North Gyeongsang province.