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S. Korea to tighten quarantine for entrants from countries besides China: PM

All News 16:20 February 09, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will tighten quarantine checks on entrants from countries where intense community transmission of the new coronavirus has been reported, the government said Sunday, as part of stepped-up efforts to contain the potentially deadly disease.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced the measure as South Korea has seen a rapid growth of infections, reporting one additional confirmed case Sunday, with the total number of infections reaching 25.

South Korea currently bans the entry of foreigners who have recently traveled to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and Hubei province.

The government will also look into limiting the entry of people from other regions in China, Chung said ahead of presiding over an emergency ministerial meeting.

Chung also said that South Korea is working to send a third chartered flight to Wuhan to evacuate some 200 remaining South Korean nationals and their families out of the city.

Seoul has evacuated 701 nationals from Wuhan via two emergency flights as the virus has swept fast across the globe.

The South Korean consulate in Wuhan said earlier that it received approval from Chinese authorities to arrange another evacuation flight for the family members of South Korean citizens as well. The two previous flights could not bring them to Seoul as Beijing did not allow an evacuation of people who hold Chinese citizenship.

South Korea had tested 2,340 people for the new virus as of 1 p.m. Sunday since Jan. 3, up from 2,097 tallied at 4 p.m. the previous day, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its webpage, adding it was checking 960 people.

Three patients have been discharged from hospitals after making full recoveries.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during a government meeting on anti-coronavirus measures in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2020. (Yonhap)

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