As the epidemic spreads to borderline pandemic, countries are banning the entry of travelers from areas affected by or at risk COVID-19.
The infectious disease taking a toll on diplomatic, security issues, as well.
Let's invite some perspective. Joining me live in the studio is Song Se-ryun, Professor of Law at Kyung Hee University.
Professor Song, great to see you again.
During a news conference earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump said although he is considering entry restrictions travelers from Italy and South Korea over coronavirus fears, this isn't the right time. Based on a number of largest epidemics in history, what do we expect from the U.S.?
The U.S. state department did raise its travel alert for American citizens traveling to South Korea to level three.
Some countries have imposed either an entry ban or restriction on travelers from South Korea.
Some provincial cities in China, where the COVID-19 outbreak originated, have been imposing forcible quarantine measures on travelers flying from South Korea.
That's drawn anger from South Koreans especially as South Korea still hasn't imposed a ban on those entering this country from China except for Hubei Province - the epicenter of the outbreak.
What can the South Korean government do at this point?
Also in an unprecedented move and in light of the South Korean government's declaration of the highest alert level "severe" on COVID-10, the South Korea, U.S. alliance made the decision to postpone the combined command post training for the South Korea, U.S. Combined Forces Command until further notice. That means, indefinitely.
We're seeing an infectious disease outbreak taking a toll on security or defense posture. How do we deal with this?
Professor Song Se-ryun, many thanks for being on the program with us tonight.
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