Coronavirus Cases Plummet by 1/3 as Deaths Pass 1,000

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2020

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reports 672 local infections, and 43 infected international arrivals, for a total of 715 new cases.

Yonhap News reports today’s total is a sharp fall from 1,020 on Monday and also below the 894 daily average for the last week. However, South Korea has now reported 10 cases of the more contagious variant of the virus first identified in the UK. Starting Friday, foreign nationals flying to South Korea must have a negative coronavirus test result within 72 hours of their departure.

Just under 65,000 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed since the new virus first appeared in the ROK on January 20th, 2020. 26 people have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours for a total of 1,007 deaths.

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