On Monday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the fourth case in South Korea a 55-year old man who had recently visited the city of Wuhan the epicenter of the virus.
Following the announcement, the health ministry held an emergency meeting where it raised the health alert by one notch, from the previous "caution" level to "emergency" level.
Amid growing fears of the virus, the government is planning to send a chartered flight to evacuate citizens from Wuhan.
So far, some 7-hundred South Koreans in Wuhan have registered for the flight.
The South Korean consulate is planning to announce the list of names while designating four sites in Wuhan where they can gather to take the shuttle to the city's airport.
The foreign ministry says that the flight will be sent as early as Thursday and the passengers will be quarantined for two weeks upon their arrival.
Meanwhile, the country has also laid out new quarantine measures, some of which come into effect on Tuesday.
They include stricter quarantine operations at major international airports across the country.
Starting 12 AM today, all travelers from China arriving in South Korea will have to turn in detailed health questionnaires.
Previously, the measure was only applied to those flying in from the city of Wuhan while others were subjected to temperature checks using heat cameras.
Those who make a false report could be fined or be sentenced to up to one year in prison.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.