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S. Korean who died with pneumonia-like symptoms tested negative of COVID-19 Updated: 2020-02-18 18:13:20 KST

We begin with the latest on the coronavirus outbreak here in South Korea.
The nation has reported another case of COVID-19 today, bringing the nation total to 31.
What worries health authorities is the fact that they still don't know how the 29th and the 30th patients got infected with this virus. Contact tracing is underway.
Meanwhile, the man who died earlier today after showing pneumonia-like symptoms was confirmed to be negative of COVID-19.
With the latest, we have our Kim Mok-yeon on the line.

You're right. As you mentioned, earlier today news has broken that a Korean national in his late 30's died from pneumonia-like symptoms.
Authorities have just confirmed that the man, who visited China last month was not infected with COVID-19.
With this, South Korea still has no deaths from the virus.
The number of confirmed cases, meanwhile, increased to 31 as one more patient has been confirmed early Tuesday.
The 31st patient is a 61-year old South Korean woman who lives in the Southern city of Daegu.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the patient had a fever and showed symptoms of pneumonia when she visited a local community health center on Monday.
She was immediately quarantined at Daegu Medical Center and was tested for the virus twice in a row and both results came out positive.
Just like the past two confirmed patients, it's not clear how she was infected since she has not been overseas recently and has not had any contact with the previous 30 patients.
Regarding this, the KCDC says Korea is entering a "new phase" as the three latest confirmed cases appear to have contracted the coronavirus without traveling abroad or coming into contact with other infected patients.
The health agency stressed the need to tighten quarantine controls on arrivals from abroad alongside self-quarantine rules.
The agency vowed to screen people at greatest risk and come up with countermeasures to prevent further spread.
And also this morning, two more patients who've fully recovered have been released from quarantine, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 12 out of the total 31.
That's all from me for now.
I'll be back with more updates in our later newscast.

Our Kim Mok-yeon with the latest on the coronavirus outbreak here in South Korea. Thanks, Mokyeon.
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