Coronavirus Checks on Foreign Arrivals Stepped up

  • By Bae Jun-yong

    October 27, 2020 12:04

    Travelers from countries where coronavirus infections have surged will be subject to tougher quarantine measures, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency chief Jeong Eun-kyeong said Monday.

    Since April, all visitors from abroad have been required to spend two weeks in self-quarantine, but Korea has lately seen increasing cases among arrivals from abroad, mostly Russians and Chinese, so visitors from certain countries will be subject to more stringent health checks.

    For instance, the new cutoff body temperature for suspected infections will be 37.3 degrees Celsius instead of 37.5 degrees as before.

    People get their passports checked at Incheon International Airport on Oct. 22. /Yonhap

    Korea has seen an average 89.6 fresh infections every day for about a week, a slight increase from 74.5 seen over the previous two weeks.

    Vice Health Minister Kang Do-tae said, "There are concerns of an increase in the number of infections as young people go to clubs and bars on Halloween" this weekend.

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