South Korean woman tests positive for coronavirus after Thailand visit

A South Korean woman has tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Thailand, South Korean officials said on Tuesday, the first foreign tourist reported to have been infected after a visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

Thailand has reported 19 cases of coronavirus, among the highest number of infections outside of China.

He was informed that one of the people he had interacted with in Singapore was diagnosed with the virus, so he visited a clinic in South Korea on Tuesday and was confirmed to have contracted the illness. The agency said 129 are in quarantine and being checked for potential cases.

However, the South Korean woman's case has raised concerns that more coronavirus patients, who haven't recently visited China, will crop up in the US.

The deadly new virus first appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and has now infected more than 20,000 people, killing 425 and spreading to more than 2 dozen countries. There are now 23,865 cases of coronavirus worldwide.

Hyundai will gradually suspend vehicle production at its South Korean factories this month, following disruptions to the supply chain caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports.

He was the second person to have been tested with the virus after the first incident was reported on January 20.

South Korea has so far seen at least four cases of human-to-human transmission of the virus, while a hospitalised Chinese tour guide is believed to have caught the illness while working in Japan.

"The situation doesn't look good", she said.

Almost 24,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus in at least 25 countries.

The health authorities said despite stepped-up efforts to contain the spread of the virus, it is unlikely the matter will be resolved anytime soon.

Foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the last 14 days will be temporarily denied entry into the U.S.; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta.