BANGKOK: A Chinese woman was released from Thailand under mysterious pressure from the Korean virus, officials said Monday, for the first time outside of China.
Thai authorities are increasing their surveillance at airports ahead of Lunar Year holidays, January 25, when millions of Chinese tourists are expected to arrive.
A 61-year-old man died of pneumonia, a symbol of the disease, in Wuhan, China's central city.
In all, there have been 41 reported cases of pneumonia in China, which was preliminary lab tests performed by the Chinese state-owned media show.
Corona virus is a very large family of viruses that can cause infections from the common cold to cirrhosis. Some types of viruses cause less serious illness, while others, such as those caused by MERS, are far more severe.
Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said Monday that seven of the 41 have been discharged and six are in critical condition.