TOKYO: South Korea on Thursday confirmed two more cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of people infected to six, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Of the two, one recently had returned from Wuhan, the epicenter of the latest outbreak, but the other was the country’s first case of human transmission of the novel virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first person-to-person infection involves a 56-old man who had been in close contact with the country’s third confirmed patient, who had, in turn, returned from China last week without showing symptoms.
Meanwhile, the government will send one chartered flight to the coronavirus-hit Chinese city on Thursday night to bring home its citizens from the locked-down city, the report said.
The flight is expected to evacuate at least half the 700 South Koreans from Wuhan, it said, adding Seoul seeks to send another flight to bring the remainder home.
Seoul has been going all-out to stem the spread of the pneumonia-like illness that has killed 170 and infected over 7,700 in China alone. South Korea has reported six confirmed cases of the virus infection since early last week, with no fatalities so far. Health authorities are tracking 2,991 individuals who flew from Wuhan between Jan. 14 and 23, considering the disease’s 14-day incubation period.
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