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South Korea records first death from coronavirus | Stay indoors — Mayor tells residents

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Coronavirus cases surge in South Korea as first death reported,

South Korea has reported its first death from the new coronavirus.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – JANUARY 22, 2020 – Luohu railway station, affected by the new coronavirus pneumonia, from station staff to passengers have put on masks. Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, January 22, 2020. – PHOTOGRAPH BY Costfoto / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Costfoto / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Authorities worldwide warned about the spread of the coronavirus beyond China on Thursday as Japan reported the first two deaths from the Diamond Princess cruise liner, South Korea reported its first fatality.

Also, the authorities confirmed the death with 53 new cases recorded in a single day to bring the total infection cases to 104, and a major city there asked citizens to refrain from venturing outdoors.

A Japanese man and woman, both said to be in their 80s, were among more than 600 passengers who contracted the disease while on board the Diamond Princess.

According to report by Yonhap, most new cases occurred in the southeastern city of Daegu.

The city’s mayor was said to have urged its 2.5 million people to refrain from going outside to stem the spread of the virus.

This week’s surge in the number of infected people, increasing the nation’s total infections by more than 70, came as the health authorities warned that the virus has begun spreading locally.

Vice Health and Welfare Minister Kim Kang-lip was quoted by reporters as saying, “At this stage, (the government) judged that COVID-19 is spreading locally with a limited scope.”

The health authorities have been adjusting its quarantine and prevention work to cope with local transmission, according to the minister.

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