All Korean Coronavirus Fatalities Suffered from Other Illnesses

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    March 04, 2020 12:14

    The government said Tuesday that the death rate in Korea from the coronavirus outbreak is lower than in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the global epidemic.

    Kwon Joon-wook, deputy head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters citing World Health Organization data that the fatality rate in parts of Chins other than Wuhan is around 0.7 percent. In Wuhan, the rate is 5.8 percent.

    "A rough calculation shows Korea's fatality rate due to the virus around 0.6 percent, which is similar to levels in other parts of China," Kwon said.

    Medical staff arrive for their shift at Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center in Daegu on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    According to the KCDC, 32 out of the 5,186 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection had died as of Tuesday morning. Analysis shows that most of the deaths were elderly residents of Daegu and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province who suffered from other ailments like hypertension and diabetes.

    They died on average three to four days after being infected by coronavirus. All 32 had other diseases, with 13 suffering from high blood pressure, eight from diabetes and seven from mental illnesses.

    The older the patient, the higher the fatality rate. Six out of 93 cases who were over 80 died from the disease, resulting in a fatality rate of 6.5 percent, followed by 4.9 percent for patients in their 70s, 1.2 percent in their 60s and 0.5 percent in their 50s.

    With the exception of one 35-year-old man from Mongolia who was in Korea for a kidney transplant, all were Koreans.

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