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Gov't toughens quarantine for returning migrant workers to stem spread of coronavirus

All News 17:57 May 04, 2020

SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- The government has stepped up the quarantine process for migrant workers as imported cases of the new coronavirus remain a threat to the country's containment efforts.

Foreign workers with the E-9 visa, when returning from a short trip overseas, should arrange a self-quarantine place in advance and notify the South Korean government of the related information through the Employment Permit System before entering the country, the labor ministry said on Monday.

Workers who fail to do so are subject to self-quarantine at a facility arranged by the government.

The government introduced the enhanced process as it uncovered cases where migrant workers used a self-isolation facility not deemed adequate to effectively protect themselves and others from the novel coronavirus, the ministry said.

South Korea reported eight more cases of COVID-19, all from overseas, bringing the nation's total infections to 10,801 on Monday.

This undated file photo shows South Korean health authorities working to stem the spread of coronavirus. (Yonhap)

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr
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