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(LEAD) 93-year-old woman fully recovered from new coronavirus

National 11:02 March 23, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with the latest tally in paras 5-6)

SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- A 93-year-old South Korean woman infected with the novel coronavirus has fully recovered and been released from quarantine, city officials said Monday.

The patient, a resident at a nursing hospital in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan, was discharged after fully recovering from COVID-19 at a Seoul hospital. The city is adjacent to Daegu, an epicenter of the local outbreak.

Health workers transfer a novel coronavirus patient at a nursing hospital in Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsang Province, on March 21, 2020. (Yonhap)

"The patient is the oldest person among recovered COVID-19 cases. She previously had symptoms of dementia but did not have any other underlying disease," said a city official who asked not to be named.

The patient underwent 13 days of intensive treatment and tested negative for the virus twice, they said.

A total of 3,166 people have fully recovered as of Monday, up 257 from a day earlier, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The rate of full recovery has steadily increased over the past 10 days to reach a record high of 35.8 percent on Monday, the KCDC said.

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