S. Korea to conduct COVID-19 checks on all entrants from U.S. from Friday at latest: PM
Updated: 2020-03-25 10:00:50 KST
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South Korea is raising the bar even further for certain overseas entrants to South Korea in a bid to mitigate a rise in so-called imported cases of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun says the country will conduct coronavirus checks on all travelers coming in from the U.S. starting Friday at the latest.
Speaking at a daily countermeasures meeting Wednesday, Chung said the measure comes as the nation attempts to contain the growing number of imported cases.
Take a look at part of what the prime minister had to say.
"We have no time to spare, as the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in the U.S. surges rapidly, leading to expectations that more international students and other Korean nationals will want to return home."
South Korea confirmed 100 more COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
The total number of infected stands at 9,137.
The death toll now stands at 126.