South Korea raises virus alert to highest level after jump in cases Feb 24, 2020 0 368 12345 Seoul/Beijing: South Korea decided to raise its alert over the coronavirus to its highest level, President Moon Jae In announced on Sunday, after the country reported over 150 new cases of the virus. Moon said that the government would strengthen its overall emergency response as part of declaring the “red” alert level, and that local authorities should take “unprecedented, powerful” measures to contain the coronavirus, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.South Korea reported 169 new cases of coronavirus and two new deaths, bringing the total confirmed infections to 602 and the death toll to six, according to the Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).In South Korea, Prime Minister Chung Sye Kyun promised “strong and swift” measures to prevent the virus from spreading further, including designating Daegu and Cheongdo as “special care zones,” according to Yonhap.Daegu’s 2.5 million residents on Thursday were advised to stay at home by Mayor Kwon Young Jin in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Authorities said that cases were also reported in the capital Seoul, the central south-west province of Chungcheong and on Jeju Island.The Seoul city government said it would ban rallies and close down church services of the Shincheonji Christian sect as part of measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 illness, Yonhap reported. Of the new confirmed cases, 75 were linked with the church according to the KCDC. (DPA) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES China must learn from ‘shortcomings’ in coronavirus response: President Xi Feb 24, 2020 0 424 Walls, mud packs and monkey removal for Trump’s India visit Feb 24, 2020 0 625 The Global spread of deadly Covid-19 Feb 24, 2020 0 1201 Ten student scouts killed in Indonesia flash flood Jakarta: The death toll from a flash flood that hit hundreds of Indonesian students during a hike along a river on the island of Java has risen to 10, an official said on Sunday. A group of 249 junior high school students were .. Third death from Japan cruise ship as new cases raise quarantine doubts Tokyo: A third person from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan has died, the health ministry said on Sunday, as new infections among former passengers emerged. Japan has been criticised in the face .. Pakistan closes land border with Iran, Afghanistan bans travel over virus fears AFP Islamabad Pakistan on Sunday closed its land border with Iran, while Afghanistan suspended travel to the neighbouring country as fears across the region continued to grow over a jump in new coronavirus infections. .. Mobile phone services restored as Afghan truce holds Kabul: Mobile phone services were restored across swathes of Taliban-contested areas of Afghanistan over the weekend as a partial truce with the militants held for a second day. The commitment has seen fighting drop .. Trump says he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban AFP Washington US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban if one were eventually reached in Afghanistan. “Yes,” he told reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart on a trip .. Malaysia’s Anwar says partners trying to bring down govt Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday denounced “betrayal” in his ruling coalition, saying that some partners were trying to bring down the government and form a new one. The comments came ..