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(2nd LD) S. Korea's virus death toll rises to 5

All News 17:29 February 23, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout)

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported two more deaths from the new coronavirus Sunday to bring the death toll to 5, with the number of confirmed virus cases here surpassing 600.

The fifth death was from the southeastern city of Daegu where some 400 people traced to church services are confirmed to have contracted the potentially deadly virus.

The 56-year-old woman died at Kyungpook National University Hospital while being treated for the novel coronavirus.

The fourth victim of the novel virus was confirmed to be infected on Wednesday. The patient in his late 50s suffered from serious pneumonia before being infected with the novel coronavirus.

Three of the coronavirus deaths were from Daenam Hospital in the southeastern city of Cheongdo, where the country's first COVID-19 fatality took place and more than 110 people, including nine medical staff, were found to be infected.

The country has reported a total of 602 virus cases with 169 new cases added on Sunday.

A patient leaves Daenam Hospital in the southeastern city of Cheongdo, where the country's first COVID-19 fatality took place, on Feb 22, 2020. (Yonhap)

South Korea reported its first death on Feb. 19, when a 63-year-old man died of pneumonia at the same hospital. He tested positive for COVID-19 after his death. On Friday, another virus patient in her mid-50s died at Daenam Hospital.

So far, 111 people, including nine medical staff, have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 at the hospital.

The hospital emerged as another epicenter of the spread of the virus in South Korea, along with a minor religious organization in Daegu, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

colin@yna.co.kr
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