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US News South Korea on highest alert as virus cases rise

07:45  24 february  2020
07:45  24 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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President Moon Jae-in on Sunday put South Korea on the highest possible alert in its fight against The spike of cases in South Korea , along with rising numbers in Iran and Italy, has added to fears The virus presents Europe with perhaps its greatest challenge since the 2015 migration crisis, which

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that the country would be put on its highest alert level as coronavirus infections there topped 600. The State Department on Saturday issued a Level 2 travel advisory for South Korea , urging Americans to exercise increased caution because of the virus .

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that the country would be put on its highest alert level as coronavirus infections there topped 600.

"We shouldn't be bound by regulations and hesitate to take unprecedented, powerful measures," Moon said, according to The Associated Press, adding that the outbreak "has reached a crucial watershed."

Chung Sye-kyun, Moon Jae-in sitting at a desk: South Korea on highest alert as virus cases rise © Getty Images South Korea on highest alert as virus cases rise

South Korea reported 169 new cases of the deadly virus, the AP noted.

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The COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea ’s confirmed cases of coronavirus jumped by 169 to 602 and its death toll rose to five on Sunday (Feb 23), with a Since the first outbreak on Jan 20, four have died from the virus in South Korea . The fourth patient who died on Sunday was a 57-year-old man who

Authorities can now reportedly close schools and restrict public transportation and international flights.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: A disinfection professional wears protective gear spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a traditional market on February 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has raised the coronavirus alert to the © 2020 Getty Images SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: A disinfection professional wears protective gear spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a traditional market on February 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has raised the coronavirus alert to the "highest level" as confirmed case numbers keep rising. Government reported 161 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infections in the nation to 763, with the potentially fatal illness spreading fast across the country. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

No details on what steps the South Korean government would take were released, Reuters noted.

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South Korea 's President Moon Jae-in has raised the highest alert level for infectious diseases. (AP: Ahn Young-joon). As cases began to mount around Daegu, South Korea 's Government banned religious and political rallies in Seoul, saying group gatherings could spread the virus .

Six people have died from the virus in South Korea and more than 600 have been infected. South Korea has seen the largest number of confirmed cases after China. An outbreak on the Diamond Princess Coronavirus: Churches on high alert as South Korea confirms huge rise in infections

The mayor of Daegu, South Korea, also said on Sunday that authorities were examining members of the Shincheonji church who had symptoms associated with the virus, according to the AP. More than 300 people in South Korea diagnosed with coronavirus reportedly have ties to the church, which has temporarily shut down, the newswire added.

A woman wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus shops at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji © Thomson Reuters A woman wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus shops at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The State Department on Saturday issued a Level 2 travel advisory for South Korea, urging Americans to exercise increased caution because of the virus.

More than 78,000 people worldwide have been infected by the disease, with the great majority in central China, where officials believe it originated.

Workers from the Korea Pest Control Association, wearing protective gear, spray disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a market in Seoul on February 24, 2020. - South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases on February 24, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images) Workers from the Korea Pest Control Association, wearing protective gear, spray disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a market in Seoul on February 24, 2020. - South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases on February 24, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Confirmed coronavirus infections in South Korea nearly doubled in 24 hours with health officials adding another 100 Virus Epidemic Enters New Phase as Cases Outside China Multiply. The outbreak in Daegu, about 235 kilometers Health officials, meanwhile, did not raise the alert level, saying that

Two patients in South Korea have died so far and there are fears the number will rise . Israel suspended all flights from Japan and South Korea on Saturday after confirming its first case of the virus on Friday. Italy reported its second death from the virus - a woman living in the northern region

In China, 76,936 coronavirus cases and 2,442 deaths have been reported.

Thirty-five cases have been reported in the U.S.

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