The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea vice health minister urges alertness amid slowing spread of virus — China reports 108 new cases of coronavirus, including 98 from people returning from other countries — Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized on social media for ‘stay home’ message — New Zealand reports fifth death, 19 new cases of coronavirus — Chinese mask producer rushing to meet demands from overseas amid stricter inspections — Death toll in France nearly 14,400. But for the fourth day in a row, slightly fewer people were admitted into intensive care. ——— SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s vice health minister has pleaded people to maintain alertness amid a slowing coronavirus spread, saying a quick return to pre-COVID-19 normalcy is “virtually impossible” considering a constant threat of new transmissions. Kim Gang-lip’s comments during a government briefing on Monday came as officials discuss converting the country’s weeks-long social distancing campaign into a more sustainable guideline that Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said would

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