Japan confirms 3rd case of Wuhan coronavirus

Kyodo News

Posted at Jan 25 2020 08:03 PM

A woman wearing a mask walks past a quarantine notice about the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China at an arrival hall of Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

TOKYO - Japan's health ministry said Saturday it has confirmed a third case of a new deadly virus in the country that has infected more than 1,300 in China and beyond.

The patient is a woman who lives in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak of the mysterious coronavirus began, the ministry said, adding she arrived in Japan on Jan. 18 with three other family members.

The woman in her 30s is said to have had no symptoms at the time of arrival but developed a fever and started coughing on Tuesday night, according to the ministry.

She visited a Tokyo hospital on Thursday and later tested positive for the virus, which has killed at least 41 in China, it said.

However, she has not been hospitalized, exhibiting minor symptoms, and is staying in her hotel room, said the ministry, which has not disclosed her nationality or from where she entered Japan.

The three other family members have not developed symptoms, a health ministry official said at a press conference.

The official added the number of people suspected of contracting the virus is "not sharply increasing" in Japan, while stopping short of saying how many have tested negative or are currently under observation.