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First COVID-19 death and 58 new confirmed cases in S. Korea Updated: 2020-02-20 17:06:39 KST

South Korea has reported its first death from COVID-19.
Also, the number of coronavirus cases here in South Korea has now jumped to at least 104 after the country confirmed 53 new cases.
For more on this, our Eum Ji-young is on the line for us.
So Ji-young, where are we seeing the first death from COVID-19?

Connyoung, as you said, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first death from COVID-19 in South Korea.
The victim died at Cheongdo Daenam hospital in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province on Wednesday. This patient, a 63-year-old Korean male, had been hospitalized at this facility for more than 20 years and died of pneumonia but later tested positive.
13 confirmed patients, including the first death in Korea, are from this hospital.
51 out of the 53 newly confirmed cases were from Daegu and the neighboring Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in the southeast.
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that most of these patients are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus - which was visited by the country's 31st confirmed patient who also went to the Cheongdo Daenam hospital.

Currently, more than 1,8-hundred people are being tested for the virus and the majority of them are from these two regions.
With most new cases confirmed in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that community-based transmission has started and that it is in its early stages.

And the other two new cases were confirmed in Seoul.
What do we know about these patients?

One of the two patients was diagnosed with the coronavirus in a clinic in Jongno-gu District in downtown Seoul.
The clinic is just a few hundred meters from a kindergarten for the government complex in Seoul.
Someone from this kindergarten had been in the clinic on the same day as a patient.
Also, there's a newly confirmed case from the navy in Jeju.
According to a government official on Thursday, one sailor from the navy tested positive and was found to have visited Daegu.
As the spread of the virus for now is mostly in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, the government has decided to keep the crisis alert at the current "orange" level, which is the 3rd highest on the four-tiered system.
Orange means the disease is spreading in limited areas and the highest level "red" means that the infection is taking place across society in general.
However, the government pledged to go all-out to curb further spread of the virus.
That's all for now but I'll bring more updates in our later newscast. Back to you Connyoung.
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