Health Care

S. Korea reports four more cases of coronavirus totalling 23

TOKYO South Korea confirmed four more cases of novel coronavirus infections Thursday, bringing the total to 23, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said of the four new cases, three are believed to be person to person transmissions involving South Korean nationals, with the other one being a Chinese woman who arrived in South Korea on a tourist visa on January 23.

The public health agency called for more attention to be paid to people who have already been screened.

The agency said all the newly confirmed cases have been moved to proper quarantine hospitals so they can be monitored and treated.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung wha said Thursday that South Korea will consider taking additional measures to ward off a deadly new coronavirus “if necessary” after a comprehensive review of the World Health Organization’s recommendations and other factors.

Seoul has been under growing pressure to expand its entry ban currently limited to foreigners who have recently traveled to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, and Hubei Province, as the death toll has exceeded 560 in China alone.

“In its interagency consultations, the government has been continuing to check the situation based on a comprehensive review of the spread of the virus in China, international trends and domestic quarantine response,” Kang was quoted as saying at a press briefing in Seoul.

Source: Kuwait News Agency