Fourth death in China and three more suspected patients with Wuhan pneumonia reported in S. Korea
Updated: 2020-01-21 13:51:10 KST
The Wuhan virus has already spread beyond China's borders, to Japan, Thailand, and South Korea.
As of 9 AM on Tuesday, three more people in South Korea are reported to have symptoms of the virus.
Out of these three, two were admitted to hospital, and one was found during the quarantine.
This comes after the government confirmed on Monday the first local case of the pneumonia virus.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, a 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew in from China on Sunday was the first case in South Korea.
She had been diagnosed with a cold in a hospital in Wuhan before she came to South Korea.
She has been quarantined in a hospital in Incheon, and is reportedly getting better and now showing none of the pneumonia symptoms.
In Wuhan, China, where the virus was first detected, the health authorities reported on Tuesday, that a fourth patient with the novel coronavirus died on Sunday night.
He was an 89-year old man, who had been hospitalized with respiratory problems over a week ago.
So far, there have been 198 cases in Wuhan, and only 25 patients have fully recovered and been discharged.
Meanwhile, cases of the virus have been confirmed across China, including in Beijing, Shanghai which bring the total number of cases in China to two-hundred-19.
With this, President Xi has ordered resolute efforts to contain the outbreak, saying that the country needs to make safety and health the top priority, as millions are set to travel for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.
Amid growing fears, the World Health Organization says it plans to convene an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to address the outbreak and decide whether to classify it as a state of international emergency.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.