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81 countries put South Korea under travel restrictions due to surging coronavirus cases

Foreign governments are moving to restrict entry from coronavirus-hit South Korea, with the tally of nations and regions now reaching 81. South Korea reported more than 5,200 cases of coronavirus.

36 countries and regions are barring arrivals from all or part of South Korea, while 45 are requiring such steps as 14-day quarantines. The U.S. has not restricted arrivals but has raised its travel warning to the highest level.

Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious group often condemned as a cult that is linked to more than half the cases.

Meanwhile, South Korea president President Moon Jae declared "war" against the coronavirus, ordering additional hospital beds and more face masks to be made available as the country's total cases.

South Korea suspends and cancelled several big events of K-Pop concerts and sporting events to prevent the spread of the virus.


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