South Korea reports 76 new coronavirus cases, total 9037

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

South Korean army soldiers wearing protective suits in Daegu, South Korea.

On March 13, South Korea posted more recoveries than new infections for the first time since its first case was confirmed on Jan 20.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in offered to send the equipment if his country has any spare, his Blue House office said in a statement late on Tuesday, after the 23-minute phone call, which it said was arranged at Trump's urgent request.

It did not specify their nationalities.

"We don't give much meaning to numbers yet, but as there are some fluctuations despite a declining trend, our top priority is to prevent sporadic group infections and repatriated cases", said Yoon Tae-ho, director-general for public health policy at the health ministry.

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South Koreans who violate the rules could be jailed for up to a year and fined US$8,100.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infections in the country to 9,137.

But officials urged even greater vigilance as imported cases and new, small outbreaks continued to emerge, such as in nursing homes, churches and crowded workplaces.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said similar measures should be implemented for entries from the United States no later than Friday.

Almost 90% of the foreigners subject to the rules have signed up for a smartphone application that tracks their movements while in quarantine while some 60% of South Koreans have, an interior ministry official said. That has helped limit the risk of the virus spreading through hospitals.

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