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South Korea reports 35 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 7,513

Women wearing masks make their way into the center between the increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Daegu, South Korea, March 9, 2020. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 35 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing 7,513 total infections in the largest Asian outbreak outside mainland China.

The death toll has increased from three to 54, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers are expected to be updated later on Tuesday.

The daily rate of new infections in South Korea dropped to its lowest level in 11 days Monday as most of the approximately 200,000 followers of a marginal Christian church at the heart of the nation’s outbreak were tested.

President Moon Jae-in on Monday expressed hope for the fight against the virus, stating that a downward trend in new infections could lead to a phase of stability, warning that it was too early to be optimistic.

Hyonhee Shin reporting; Editing of Muralikumar Anantharaman and Stephen Coates

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