Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Feb 25, 2020 0:46:26 GMT
Post by IceCat on Feb 25, 2020 0:46:26 GMT
Korean soccer's top flight K-League announced that the start of the 2020 season, slated for this coming weekend, has been put on hold. No word yet from the KBO about the new baseball season, set to begin in mid-March.
Military readiness could be impacted by the outbreak, as domestically the Military Manpower Administration has temporarily suspended the intake of new recruits from the Daegu area and ROK military bases have been put on lockdown. As for the USFK (US Forces Korea), their bases have also been sealed off after the widow of a USFK soldier, who by regulations is entitled to access certain base facilities, tested positive for COVID-19. Planning for joint military drills, already scaled back to avoid angering Pyongyang and convince the Kim Jong-un regime to return to the negotiating table, could also be thrown off.
Other countries have started to impose entry restrictions on South Koreans in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases. In addition to Israel, Jordan and Bahrain as well as three small South Pacific island states and regions (Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa) have put in entry restrictions which at a minimum amount to a ban on anyone who's been in South Korea over the previous two weeks. Brunei, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda and the UK, among others, have tightened screening at their entry points. Conversely some countries have placed varying levels of caution regarding travel to the Daegu area or South Korea in general. The US State Department raised its travel advisory to Level 2, which calls for exercising "increased caution".
Many airlines have also suspended or curtailed service to the country. Delta and United have waived their change fees for reservations bound for the country through the end of April.
Worker disinfecting the entryway of a government building in Seoul
Tha National Assembly had to call off a scheduled sitting on Monday and close the building for disinfecting after it was found that the floor leader of the main conservative opposition party had met last week with a person who was later diagnosed with COVID-19. Shim Jae-chul, the politician concerned, agreed to be tested for the virus and called off a meeting with local business leaders in his constituency ahead of the 15 April parliamentary elections, which as of now are still on.