South Korea warns of deportation, jail for quarantine violators

South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds a telephone conversation with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday

SEOUL, March 25 ― South Korea said it would tighten border checks for travellers from the United States by Friday as concerns rise over imported coronavirus cases despite a decline in domestically transmitted infections.

South Korea has reported 9,241 confirmed cases with 104 new cases and its total death toll stands at 131 with 5 new deaths.

The new numbers marked the 12th day in a row the country has posted new infections of around 100 or less, compared with the peak of 909 cases recorded on February 29. The government reportedly claimed that the new application will be imposed later this week in Daegu and surrounding North Gyeongsang province, where the majority of infections have been reported.

South Korea began implementing stricter rules on social distancing Sunday to slow the coronavirus pandemic that emerged in China late 2019. South Korea reported its lowest number of new cases yestertday since with the peak of 909 cases recorded on February 29.

KCDC Deputy Director Kwon Jun-wook told reporters that health authorities will require all passengers from the get tested if the virus outbreak further worsens there. As per reports it is a Global Positioning System based app to monitor people quarantined at home.

"It takes about 5 minutes for a person to get tested, " Yoon said.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun on Thursday ordered officials to employ a "no-tolerance" policy on those who disobey quarantines, saying that South Korean nationals would be sued and foreigners would be expelled.

South Korea has tested 364,942 people since January 20, when the virus was first detected in the country.



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