Virus cases linked to Seoul prison surpass 1,000

A major cluster of coronavirus infections has flared up at a prison in South Korea's capital, with the total number of cases surpassing 1,000.

The first case at the Dongbu Detention Center in Seoul was confirmed in late November. The South Korean government said on Sunday that 1,084 infections had been linked to the center -- 1,041 were inmates, 22 were staff members, and 21 were family members and acquaintances.

South Korea is experiencing a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Concerns had been raised that the virus could spread quickly through the crowded detention center. But large-scale testing was not carried out until the middle of December.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun and other officials apologized following criticism from opposition parties that the government's response had been too late.