The patient is a 54-year-old South Korean citizen who had lived in Wuhan, China where the current coronavirus outbreak started, but returned to South Korea on 20 January. The patient has been isolated and laboratory data has confirmed that he contracted the new strain of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV.
According to the KCDC, another patient with similar symptoms is currently being checked.
Earlier this week, KCDC confirmed South Korea’s second coronavirus case. The patient in question had worked in Wuhan.
According to the Chinese health authorities, there are currently over 1,970 confirmed coronavirus cases in China, while the death toll stands at 56.
China's National Health Committee said on Saturday that it had sent 1,230 doctors to help contain the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the city where the current outbreak started in December and also the current epicentre of the disease.
Apart from China and South Korea, confirmed cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, France, the United States, and Australia. The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto said on Saturday that one of its patients had tested positive for the new coronavirus.