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Evacuee from Wuhan confirmed to have coronavirus, bringing S. Korea's total confirmed to 24 Updated: 2020-02-07 16:05:35 KST

We start with the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the situation here in South Korea.
The nation has confirmed one more case bringing the total to 24.
The patient was among those airlifted from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. They had been under quarantine at a special facility south of Seoul.
Our Eum Ji-young is on the line with the latest.
Ji-young, the medical staff must have tested him at least once may that be before joining the quarantine facility in South Korea or during his stay there, but only now the test came out positive.

Connyoung, like you said, there's a 24th case, a 28-year-old male, tested positive on Thursday afternoon and was moved to the National Medical Center that evening.
The patient was checked several times after coming back to South Korea and all tests came up negative until he showed mild symptoms on Tuesday.
This is the 2nd case among the evacuees who flew in from Wuhan.
The evacuees have been under a 14-day isolation since arriving back from Wuhan last Friday.
They are staying in public facilities in Asan city and Jincheon county, both locations are about a two-hour drive from Seoul.
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that these 24 confirmed cases have come into contact with 1,386 people.

This latest case comes after the Central Accident Prevention Division confirmed four more cases on Thursday.
Three cases were Korean nationals, who are either family members or have had close contact with other confirmed patients. They all had been in voluntary quarantine before being diagnosed with the disease.
The other case, the 23rd confirmed case was a Chinese woman who arrived in South Korea on January 23rd as a tourist.
The KCDC said this woman visited Lotte department store in Myeongdong and a local supermarket in South Korea.
Lotte department store Myeongdong branch closed temporarily from 2 PM Friday for three days.
As the new cases were confirmed, the local TV home-shopping channel, GS SHOP, where one of those new patients has been working, decided to go off-air until Saturday morning.
The task force put in charge of tackling the novel coronavirus said at a press briefing on Friday that, although severity of the disease is lower when compared to SARS and MERS, the generation time is shorter.

"Generation time is how long it takes for one person to transmit the disease to another. If the generation time is short, the disease tends to spread more quickly. We believe the novel coronavirus is spreading faster than SARS and MERS because of the shorter generation time."

Seoul's education ministry announced earlier today that public schools can cut the school year short considering they may not be able to meet the minimum number of required school days.

That's right. The Ministry of Education has decided to regard coronavirus as a natural disaster.
According to officials in the education field, Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hye sent letters to 17 superintendents of education across the country, saying that the number of days in the school year could be shortened to prevent further spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Ministry of Education said it can shorten the school year by up to 10 percent and the number of days schools are closed will differ depending on the situation of the region. The ministry took similar measures during the 2015 MERS outbreak.
Also, as the 22nd confirmed patient was found in Naju, South Jeolla Province, schools and kindergartens in Naju are considering suspension. There are about 30 kindergartens, 24 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 11 high schools in Naju.

We're also learning that coronavirus tests are now available at more healthcare facilities nationwide and free of charge. But, not everyone qualifies for the testing, though.

The government will widen the scope of those being tested for the virus.
It has expanded the definition of 'suspected cases' to include people who show respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of visiting anywhere in China.
Also, even if you haven't visited China but are concerned you might have the novel coronavirus because you have a high fever, you can get tested from today.
Officials announced the move due to a rise in the number of confirmed patients who have been to countries other than China.
To be eligible to take the test, you must have a high fever, one of the symptoms of the coronavirus.
People with symptoms can visit 124 public health centers, and a locally-developed new test kit that only takes six hours to determine whether a patient is infected will also be available at 50 medical institutions across South Korea.
All the tests for coronavirus are free.
That's all from me for now, back to you.
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