Gov't Belatedly Steps up Quarantine of Russian Ships

  • By Kim Kang-han, Yang Ji-ho

    June 25, 2020 12:58

    The government has decided to step up quarantine of all Russian ships as soon as they enter Korean ports from Wednesday after Russian sailors who arrived in Busan last Sunday tested positive for coronavirus.

    As of Wednesday, Russia ranked third in the world with some 600,000 coronavirus cases after the U.S. (23.5 million) and Brazil (11.5 million).

    Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said, "Quarantine officers will board all Russian ships to disinfect." Until now they only boarded Chinese, Italian, and Iranian ships. There is still no plan to do the same for American and Brazilian ships despite the high infection numbers in their home countries.

    Quarantine workers help Russian crewmen to get out of their ship in Busan on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    At least 17 people have tested positive as a result of the coronavirus epidemic on a Russian trawler that entered Busan.

    Jung Eun-kyeong, the chief of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also pledged to "step up quarantine measures at ports for ships from high-risk countries by evaluating country-by-country risk degrees regularly."

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