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(2nd LD) S. Korea testing 809 people for coronavirus, cases unchanged at 27

All News 12:01 February 10, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in last 4 paras)

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Monday it is testing 809 people in quarantine for the novel coronavirus, with the number of confirmed cases unchanged at 27.

On Sunday, the country reported three new cases of the new strain of virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The number of people being checked for the virus is down from 888 the day before, the KCDC said.

A thermal scanner is set up at the National Assembly in Seoul on Feb. 10, 2020, to check arriving people's body temperature as part of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus originating in China. Anyone with his or her fever rising to 37.5 C or higher is prohibited from entering parliament. (Yonhap)

Of the confirmed cases, 24 patients were receiving treatment at local hospitals as of early Monday with three virus-infected patient discharged from hospitals.

The KCDC said the three new cases include a 51-year-old South Korean man and a 37-year-old Chinese woman, who returned here after staying in China's Guangdong province from November to Jan. 31. Another South Korean woman, aged 73, is a family member of the couple.

Since Friday, the country's health authorities have expanded the scope of people subject to the test for the contagious virus and have allowed more medical centers to conduct the tests for potential cases.

South Korea is maintaining a high level of vigilance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but the authorities said the current alert level, the third highest, will be maintained.

Meanwhile, the country said that three of its nationals in mainland China have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus.

The three members of a family staying in China's northeastern province of Shandong have tested positive for the new strain of virus, according to the Seoul government.

It marks the first time for South Korean nationals staying in mainland China to be confirmed to be diagnosed with the virus infection that has taken more than 900 lives there.

The Seoul government said it plans to provide a mobile application to entrants from China starting Wednesday, which will be available in English and Chinese. The application, which can be downloaded on smartphones, will help monitor the entrants' health conditions, it said.


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