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(LEAD) No new coronavirus infections reported for 3rd straight day, cases unchanged at 28

10:24 February 14, 2020

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SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday reported no new novel coronavirus case for the third consecutive day, with the number of cases remaining unchanged at 28, according to health authorities.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said a total of seven patients have been released from hospitals after fully recovering from the COVID-19 virus.

The number of people who have tested negative for the virus reached 6,134 as of early Friday, with another 692 undergoing tests for possible infection, the KCDC said.

Tourists from China, Hong Kong and Macao install an application on their smartphones that the health ministry has released to help people check if they have coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, with the help of airport officials at the arrival gate of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Feb. 13, 2020. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

The KCDC said 21 patients currently being treated for the virus at hospitals are in stable condition. One of them is receiving oxygen therapy for pneumonia but is not in critical condition, it added.

The public health agency earlier said more patients could be discharged from hospitals soon.

South Korea has been beefing up its efforts to stem the spread of the virus. Starting Wednesday, strict quarantine screening has been enforced against entrants from Hong Kong and Macao, in addition to mainland China.

Passengers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao are now required to use separate arrival counters at international airports across the country and must write a special quarantine report, filling out health questionnaires to check whether they have a fever or respiratory problems. They must also download a mobile application to report their health status every day.

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