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South Korea Sees First Virus Death as Infection Cases Surge

  • Total reported virus cases more than triple to 104 from 31
  • President warns of bigger impact than MERS outbreak in 2015
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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 75,000 as South Korea Reports First Death
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South Korea recorded its first confirmed death from a person infected with coronavirus and its verified cases more than tripled within a day, with the bulk of the new cases tied to a cluster from a fringe religious sect.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that one person died of the virus and its domestic infection total reached 104, a troubling sign that comes as neighbor Japan posted a sharp rise in infections and recorded its second and third deaths attributed to the disease.