- Title: South Korea to tighten border checks for U.S. entries
- Date: 25th March 2020
- Summary: SEJONG, SOUTH KOREA (FILE) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT COMPLEX SIGN READING (Korean/English): "GOVERNMENT COMPLEX SEJONG"
- Keywords: COVID-19 Health Ministry South Korea airport entry coronavirus new cases the United States virus outbreak
- Reuters ID: LVA002C6JT007
- Location: SEJONG, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEJONG, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Duration: 00:00:09
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text:South Korea said on Wednesday (March 25) it would tighten border checks for travellers from the United States by Friday (March 27) as concerns rise over imported coronavirus cases despite a decline in domestically transmitted infections.
Seoul has imposed strict border checks on visitors from Europe, China, Italy and Iran, requiring them to sign up to a smartphone application to track whether they have any symptoms such as fever. A two-week mandatory quarantine for all long-term arrivals from Europe took effect last Thursday (March 19).
South Korea said similar measures should be implemented for entries from the United States no later than Friday.
"Self-quarantine measures for U.S. arrivals will start 00:00 AM on Friday, March 27 (1500GMT on March 26), in accordance with advance notification during the ticketing process in the U.S. and how prepared the quarantine situation is (here)," said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) during its news briefing.
KCDC reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infections in the country to 9,137 and the death toll at 126. Of the new cases, 34 were from travellers, KCDC data showed.
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