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UAE issues advisory after coronavirus outbreak in South Korea

UAE issues advisory after coronavirus outbreak in South Korea

South Korea confirmed there have been four deaths among coronavirus patients, with the total number of cases reaching 556

The UAE has issued an advisory following the spread of the Covid-19 virus in South Korea that has prompted the government there to raise the infectious disease alert to “red”.

“In light of the spread of the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, advises [citizens] to be cautious and avoid crowds,” a tweet by UAE Embassy Seoul read in part.

 

The highest infectious disease alert was raised by South Korea following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases that have cropped up across the country these past few days. The country was last on red alert in 2009, during the H1N1 virus outbreak that resulted in 250 deaths.

South Korea confirmed there have been four deaths among coronavirus patients, with the total number of cases tallying 556.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the city of Daegu and the neighboring county of Cheongdo “special management zones for infectious diseases,” which would allow a full-scale support from the government for personnel, equipment and other supplies needed to fight the epidemic.

With inputs from Bloomberg

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