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S. Korea ramps up quarantine on entrants from overseas while urging locals to maintain social distancing Updated: 2020-03-28 12:07:50 KST

South Korea will enhance quarantine measures on people entering the country as imported COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

"Lately, the number of imported cases has increased. Strict quarantine measures at airports and entrants going into self-quarantine are critical. Of the 91 new cases reported since Thursday, 19 or about 20 percent were imported.

Saying this on Friday, the government announced that all passengers taking flights to South Korea will get fever checks, and those with fever higher than thirty-seven.five degrees Celsius will be banned from boarding.
The measure will go into effect as soon as next Monday.

Meanwhile, to contain the virus from spreading into local communities, South Korea will also strengthen inspections on arrivals from the U.S.
Those with suspected symptoms will be quarantined at airports or nearby facilities to get tested, and once their test results come back negative can they return home.
But upon release, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Entrants without symptoms are free to go, but will still need to self-quarantine for two weeks.
This also applies to foreigners with no symptoms if they are staying in the country on a long-term basis.
But short-term travelers will be actively monitored such as receiving regular phone calls from the government.

Meanwhile, in local communities, group contagion continues to be the main source of infections, with another cluster being reported in Daegu.
62 cases have been confirmed in Miju Hospital on Friday, mostly from patients.
Miju hospital is located at the same building with a nursing hospital that had previously reported a cluster of cases.
Currently, the 9th floor is under cohort quarantine or complete lockdown.

On a brighter note, South Korea is reducing the total number of patients currently being treated.
But to further improve the situation in the coming days, the government has once again urged people to actively maintain social distancing and stay 2 meters away from others when going outside.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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