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One more death in Japan, S Korean cases rise to 893

2020-02-25 HKT 11:26
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  • Face masks have become a standard wear throughout South Korea which now has the highest number of Covid cases outside China. Photo: AP
    Face masks have become a standard wear throughout South Korea which now has the highest number of Covid cases outside China. Photo: AP
A fourth person has died after being taken to hospital from a quarantined coronavirus-stricken cruise ship off Japan, local media reported on Tuesday as South Korea said the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 893.

Public broadcaster NHK and other local outlets said the fatality was a man in his eighties, but gave no details on when he had been admitted to hospital or whether he had tested positive for new coronavirus.

The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the reports.

Meanwhile South Korea's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's said in its morning updates that the 60 new cases was the smallest increase for four days.

The centre said one more person had died, taking the toll to eight.

Of the latest cases, 49 are in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, it said.

The streets of Daegu – the country's fourth-largest city, with a population of 2.5 million – have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.

Most of the country's infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, an entity often accused of being a cult. (AFP, AP)