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South Korea, Feb 23 (Canadian-Media): It was said by Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president Sunday that he has put South Korea on its highest alert for infectious diseases and ordered officials to take appropriate steps to fight viral outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country, media reports said.
Moon Jae-in. Image credit: Twitter handle
169 more cases of the new coronavirus were announced by South Korea, bringing the country's total to 602.
In the meantime, South Korea's new school year for kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools has been put off 'by one week and will start on March 9, Moon's education minister, Yoo Eun-hae, said later Sunday.
"We shouldn't be bound by regulations and hesitate to take unprecedented, powerful measures," said Moon.
Most of the South Korean cases reported were from Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city, which has become the biggest cluster of viral infections in South Korea, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The soar of coronavirus infections has resulted in shut down of all its 1,100 local churches and other facilities.
There was also a concern that there might be a massive increase in the number of those infected in the city because authorities were launching intensive examinations of church members with virus-related symptoms.
Meanwhile, Israel turned back a South Korean airliner, due to fear and tensions over the fast-spreading outbreak, allowed only 11 Israelis aboard the plane to enter the country.