From Aug. 15, the day that the first domestic case of the new flu infection was confirmed, until yesterday, the death toll has reached 28. Some 24 were in the high-risk category. The daily average of confirmed cases surpassed 4,000 last week and the health authorities estimate the figure has grown this week. Over the past week, multiple infections broke out at 870 schools nationwide.
“Between 20 and 50 percent of H1N1 deaths overseas were people who were normally healthy, although there are some fluctuations among countries,” said Kwon Joon-wook, an official with the disease control center. “Given that even those in the non-high-risk category are exposed to the risk of catching the flu with the rapid spread of the disease, it is recommended that anyone showing symptoms should visit a hospital, get diagnosed and take antiviral medication.”
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
26-year-old Korean dies of swine flu; local death toll hits 29.
The death toll in Korea from swine flu has risen to 29, and among the most recent to die is a 26-year-old woman. From the Joongang Ilbo, which still has the number of dead at 28: