President Moon has called for strengthened measures and thorough control in light of an increasing number of imported cases of COVID-19.
Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, President Moon said people who don't stick to the new self-isolation measures should face strong legal consequences.
Starting Wednesday, South Korea will be imposing a 14-day period of mandatory self-isolation on all arrivals from overseas.
He also asked for everyone's cooperation to ensure quarantine efforts are not in vain.
A small hole breaks the dam. Please remember that every time there's a group infection, the suffering of the people becomes greater, the economic fallout worsens and more people lose their jobs.
On the postponement of the school semester, the president asked for understanding, saying it was a step that had to be taken to protect children.
The government has decided to begin the new school year on April ninth with online classes.
Moon called for thorough preparations so that no one falls behind.
Please make detailed and thorough preparations to ensure that gaps in the online education environment, such as computers and mobile devices, don't lead to disparities in education.
The president also ordered officials to restructure spending plans to secure enough funds for a second supplementary budget.
The government plans to draw up an extra budget worth some 5.8 billion U.S. dollars to provide financial aid to the country's middle- and low-income households to help them get through the crisis.
Moon also called on officials to play a leading role and actively share South Korea's experience in responding to COVID-19.
He said that global cooperation and unity are the weapons that will decide the results of the battle.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.