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Coronavirus: UAE embassy issues advisory after outbreak in South Korea

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Filed on February 23, 2020 | Last updated on February 23, 2020 at 06.17 am
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(AP)

The national toll of 433 is the highest outside China.

The UAE Embassy in Seoul has issued an advisory following the sudden outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in various cities around South Korea.

"In light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation advises citizens to be cautious and avoid crowds," their tweet read.

South Korea is facing a "grave" situation from the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Saturday as the country reported 229 new cases in the sharpest spike in infections yet.

Many of new cases involved patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues but also included a Samsung employee and eight people who had just returned from a trip to Israel.

The national toll of 433 is the highest outside China apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, with the jump in cases at the hospital in the southern city of Cheongdo following a similar spike among members of a religious sect in the nearby city of Daegu.





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