The National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University have suspended all student exchange programmes to South Korea after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases there, writes Ang Hwee Min for Channel News Asia.
This comes after South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on Sunday 23 February that the country would raise its alert level on COVID-19 to the highest level of ‘grave’. The Ministry of Health also issued a public health travel advisory on Sunday, advising Singaporeans to avoid non-essential travel to the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo, which have been designated as “special care zones” by South Korea.
South Korea confirmed 70 more COVID-19 cases on Monday afternoon, bringing its total number of cases to 833, the largest national total outside China. Two more people in South Korea died on Monday 24 February from the coronavirus, taking the death toll to seven.