Traveller from Thailand confirmed as South Korea's new virus case

Andrew Cummings
February 5, 2020

A South Korean woman has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after taking a trip to Thailand - marking the first time a foreign tourist has become infected after visiting the country.

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.

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.

South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total here to 18, with one of the latest cases involving a patient who had returned from Singapore.

On Saturday, a 48-year-old Chinese man, who worked as a guide in Japan, arrived here and tested positive.

Health authorities said that despite the new case, it is ready to discharge its first fully recovered coronavirus patient from a hospital this week as he has made a full recovery and is showing no symptoms of the illness.

The viral outbreak has climbed to more than 20,600 cases worldwide and at least 426 deaths.

The 55-year-old South Korean who had been to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, returned home on January 22 and tested positive for the illness two days later.

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

Hyundai plans to suspend production in South Korea as its supply of parts has been disrupted by the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

A South Korean ban came into force today blocking entry to foreigners who have visited China's Hubei province in the previous 14 days.

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