• Foreign Ministry Advises S. Koreans Against Any Overseas Trips

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South Korea has implemented further measures to protect its nationals from the novel coronavirus.

The government has recommended citizens cancel or postpone trips to any country while calling for those currently abroad to take extra caution.

Sehhyeong Kim reports.

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Seoul's foreign ministry issued a "special travel advisory" Monday in an effort to protect its nationals from being infected or isolated in a foreign country amid the fast spread of the virus.

It will remain in effect until April 23 and the government could decide to extend it.

The month-long temporary advisory also suspends travel alerts that are already in place for a number of countries, except for those under high warnings.

In the ministry's four-tier warning system, the special advisory falls between the second and third-highest level.

The ministry stressed that Koreans who are currently traveling abroad should practice social distancing as if they were in South Korea as well as follow proper sanitation guidelines.

Last month, Seoul issued an advisory asking Korean nationals to reconsider or delay any travel to countries that have imposed restrictions on travelers from South Korea while last week, it issued its lowest warning for every country, which advises travelers to be mindful of their safety.

Sehhyeong Kim, eFM News.■

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