Thailand confirms first new pneumonia virus outside China's Wuhan in female Chinese tourist
Updated: 2020-01-14 04:22:17 KST
The mysterious new pneumonia virus that sickened dozens of people in the Chinese city of Wuhan has been confirmed in Thailand.
It's the first time the virus has been confirmed outside China.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Yoon Jung-min.
Jung-min, what's the latest?
Conn-young, A Chinese tourist in Thailand is the first confirmed case of the new pneumonia virus outside China.
The South China Morning Post says the female tourist from Wuhan has been receiving treatment at a hospital near Bangkok since last week.
Thai health authorities said in a statement that the traveler was confirmed to have the virus on Sunday, but she's feeling better and is ready to return home.
The authorities added they are confident they can control the situation.
According to the report, 16 people who were sitting near the patient on the same flight were examined, and their results all came up negative.
The World Health Organization says it has been notified about the situation, and they're working closely with Thai and Chinese officials.
The WHO says its director-general is currently consulting with members of their emergency committee and could convene a meeting.
So far, of the 41 confirmed patients with the new virus, one has died and seven are in critical condition.
Experts say the outbreak may have been caused by a virus from the same family as SARS.