Coronavirus: South Korea confirms new case, man infected in Singapore

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

The 42-year-old patient, who wasn't identified, traveled home on January 19 from Thailand, where there have been 19 confirmed cases of the virus, according to a statement from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She sought treatment January 25 for chills and other symptoms, but only tested positive Tuesday for the virus, officials said.

Meanwhile, health officials say the number of deaths has spiked 15 percent from 427 to 492, with all but two reported in mainland China. There are now 23,865 cases of coronavirus worldwide.

It's unclear where she became infected, but the possibility hasn't been ruled out that she contracted the virus in Thailand.

Also unclear is whether or not the woman visited China recently.

'The case of the Korean woman does not change the degree of risk concerning the disease in Thailand.

Markets have struggled in recent days as the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over the virus, with analysts concerned about its impact on world economic growth.

To date, there are now 25 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, which has the most cases of the virus outside of China, the New York Post reported.

The KCDC said that as of early Tuesday, the virus has claimed 426 lives, while infecting over 20,000 people in 27 countries.

The KCDC said it is tracing the steps of all the country's confirmed cases to determine where they went and the people they may have met, amid growing concerns over further human transmission.

Meanwhile, in the USA, 11 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. including six in California, two in IL and one each in Arizona, Massachusetts and Washington.

Hyundai has confirmed it will halt production at its car-making factories in South Korea due to a shortage of parts sourced from China, which has ordered curfews, factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in many provinces due to a deadly outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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