Published time: 11 February 2020
Authors: Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Korea
Keywords: COVID-19, epidemiologic study, SARS-CoV-2
Twenty-seven patients in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China were reported to have pneumonia of an unknown cause on December 31st, 2019 and were subsequently reported to have a novel coronavirus infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). After the announcement of 41 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Wuhan City, China on January 11th, infected patients were identified in Thailand on January 13th and in Japan on January 16th. More cases were confirmed in some areas of China outside Wuhan, including Beijing and Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province on January 20th, and the number of confirmed cases has continued to rise. Moreover, there have been reports of secondary transmission from China and countries including Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam into Korea.
Early Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of 28 Cases of Coronavirus Disease in South Korea