South Korea reports 104 new coronavirus cases, total at 9,241

South Korea reports 104 new coronavirus cases, total at 9,241

A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus rides on an escalator at a shopping m
A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting the coronavirus rides on an escalator at a shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea on Mar 17, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

SEOUL: South Korea reported 104 new coronavirus cases on Thursday (Mar 26), bringing its total infections to 9,241, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The death toll from the pandemic in South Korea rose by five to reach a total of 131.

South Korea added 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.

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Seoul has imposed strict border checks on visitors from Europe, China, Italy and Iran, requiring them to sign up to a smartphone application to track whether they have any symptoms such as fever.

A two-week mandatory quarantine for all long-term arrivals from Europe took effect last Thursday.

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

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Source: Reuters/aa

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