South Korean president is “grief stricken” over the country’s first coronavirus death of a medical worker

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he was “grief stricken” over the first reported coronavirus death of a medical worker in the country.

Heo Yeong-gu, a doctor of internal medicine in Gyeongbuk province, died on Friday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

The doctor contracted the virus while treating patients in February, and was experiencing severe pneumonia symptoms.

“It’s terribly sad that we had the first death of our medical professional who contracted the coronavirus while treating patients. I am awfully grief stricken,” Moon said in a tweet.

“I pray for a peaceful rest for Mr. Heo who had always been strict on himself yet friendly to his patients. I’m sure the Korean people are in the same mind. I send my deep condolences to the family.”

South Korea now has 10,156 cases and 177 deaths, according to the KCDC.

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