Coronavirus: South Korea records first death

Coronavirus: South Korea records first death

Excluding the epicentre of the outbreak in Hubei Province, however, the number of new cases in mainland China has now fallen for 15 straight days.

Of the 142 new cases, 92 are related to Daenam Hospital, where South Korea's first fatality occurred, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. SAP India offices in Bengaluru - considered the tech hub of India - Gurgaon, and Mumbai have been temporarily closed and all employees have been asked to work from home till further notice, SAP said in an emailed statement.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said authorities would allow hospitals to isolate respiratory patients from others in an effort to prevent any spread within medical institutions.

The World Health Organization warned nations could face a serious problem if they fail to "hit hard now" against the virus, which has infected more than 75,000 in China and over 1,100 overseas.

He was the only one there, he told Reuters - "all of our 9,000 believers are at home". Korea's total infections soared to 104 by Thursday afternoon.

Numerous initial patients in South Korea reported to have contracted the flu-like and potentially fatal virus have since recovered, but the sudden and rapid spread in recent days has raised alarm. The victim, a man in his 60s who was hospitalized in Cheongdo County in the North Gyeongsang Province, died Wednesday.

"Community spread means people have been infected with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected".

In at least one case, the virus was present even though the patient had no symptoms, suggesting symptom-free patients could spread the disease, they wrote in preliminary findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tark said Shincheonji followers are likely more vulnerable to virus infections as they often sit very closely on the floor during services. He also said that all pneumonia patients in Daegu hospitals would be checked for the virus.

Nearby, residents and shopkeepers said the Daegu church was usually bustling with services several times a week.

She first developed a fever on February 10 but reportedly twice refused to be tested for the coronavirus on the grounds that she had not recently travelled overseas, and attended at least four services before being diagnosed. Jung said the KCDC received a list of about a thousand people who attended the same service as Patient No. 31 on February 9 and last Sunday from the Daegu Shincheonji church and that every person has been told to self-isolate in their homes.

"We will consult with the health authorities regarding national measures such as the use of military hospitals and designation of hospitals specialising in infectious diseases", the mayor said.

A group of 59 Hong Kong police officers are being quarantined after a fellow officer preliminarily tested positive for the virus, the city's police force said in a statement on Facebook. The patient, who had been bedridden for years, was not publicly named.

Concerns over the city's public health capacity are rising as some emergency units have been closed and health personnel quarantined after people who were later confirmed as patients were found to have visited.

Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation Thursday to discuss cooperation on the coronavirus outbreaks in the two countries.

On Feb. 13, Moon expressed optimism about the epidemic, saying the situation would be resolved by the end of the month.

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