A Japanese national has tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Daegu, a major city in the southern part of South Korea, diplomatic sources have said.

It is the first time that a Japanese citizen has been confirmed to have the virus in South Korea, where the number of people infected with the disease has topped 3,500.

The Japanese national is not in serious condition while the age and other details of the person are not known, the sources said Saturday.

According to the Japanese Consulate in Busan, about 800 Japanese nationals live in Daegu, where mass COVID-19 infections have been confirmed at a facility of a religious group.

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