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South Korea confirms first case of Wuhan virus

2020-01-20 HKT 12:51
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  • South Korea is the fourth country to confirm an infection of a new virus which is believed to have emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province. File photo: AFP
    South Korea is the fourth country to confirm an infection of a new virus which is believed to have emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province. File photo: AFP
South Korea on Monday became the fourth country to confirm a case of a new coronavirus which has infected dozens on the mainland, as well as people arriving in Thailand and Japan.

Yonhap News Agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying a Chinese woman has tested positive for the virus.

The 35-year-old ahd flown into the country's Incheon International Airport after visiting Wuhan last week.

She went to hospital in Wuhan on Saturday with symptoms of a cold and was prescribed medication before flying to Incheon airport on Sunday, where she was taken into quarantine.

Yonhap said the woman suffered from fever and respiratory problems and was admitted to a South Korean hospital.

Her infection was confirmed on Monday, when she was in stable condition and being treated in an isolation unit at a medical facility.

"She was visiting Seoul on a tour for the Lunar New Year holidays," said KCDC director Jung Eun-kyeong, adding Korean authorities were investigating her movement on the plane and those who might have come in contact with her, including flight attendants.

"As she was detected at the quarantine stage there has been no exposure for locals," she added.

The woman told the South Korean authorities she had not visited the Wuhan market known as the epicentre of the virus outbreak, nor had she knowingly come into contact with infected patients in Wuhan.

As well as South Korea and the mainland, cases of the virus have also been confirmed in Thailand and Japan.

Hong Kong has isolated dozens over fears they caught the illness in Wuhan, but no confirmed cases have been announced in the SAR to date. (Additional reporting by AFP)

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Last updated: 2020-01-20 HKT 14:00