A South Korean woman has tested positive for coronavirus after seeing Thailand, South Korean officials said Tuesday, the first overseas tourist reported to have been infected following a trip to the southeast Asian nation.
The KCDC said that she has been placed in quarantine with efforts underway to find out where she has been and whom she met, to see if they too have symptoms.
The agency said that it has contacted counterparts in both Singapore and Malaysia to determine how he contracted the virus.
With the novel coronavirus outbreak showing no signs of slowing down, many carmakers have suspended production in China in line with government guidelines.
South Korea's 12th case is of a 48-year-old Chinese man who worked as a tour guide in Japan and could have been infected by a Japanese associate.
Industry watchers told The Korea Herald that Chinese tourists and merchants on a "buying binge" in South Korea, which has reported at least 16 cases of the virus, may have contributed to the shortage in the country. She was transferred to the Seoul National University Hospital Wednesday.
It confirmed the first case of human-to-human transmission of the virus inside the country on Friday, when a taxi driver tested positive.
"Various treatment methods are tried in treating confirmed patients. a further review and data are needed to verify the effectiveness of treatment", Deputy Heal and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-rip said, calling for scientific research and data to find out proper treatment by sharing related information with foreign countries.
Also, the person in the country's first case is likely to be released from a hospital on Thursday as the 35-year-old Chinese woman, diagnosed with the illness on January 20, had showed no symptoms of the virus as of Monday, according to the KCDC.