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S.Korea to raise disease alert level to highest as coronavirus cases climb

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. - South Korea reported two additional deaths from coronavirus and 123 more cases on February 23, with nearly two thirds of the new patients connected to a religious sect. The national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China.
People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. - South Korea reported two additional deaths from coronavirus and 123 more cases on February 23, with nearly two thirds of the new patients connected to a religious sect. The national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China.
Image: JUNG YEON-JE

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that the government will raise the country's disease alert by one notch to the highest level in a bid to contain a surge in new cornavirus cases.

New coronavirus cases in the country jumped by 123 to 556 on Sunday and the death toll rose to five, according to the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. (Reporting By Jane Chung; Editing by Kim Coghill)


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