January 20, 2020 / 4:37 AM / a month ago

S.Korea confirms first case of new coronavirus in Chinese visitor

SEOUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - South Korea reported on Monday its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus that has broken out in China, South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

The patient is a 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew from Wuhan, China to Incheon international airport on Sunday. She was isolated upon entry into the country due to symptoms such as high fever, KCDC said in a statement.

An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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