South Korea rolled out mass testing for 52 prisons within the nation after a large jail outbreak and will prolong flight suspensions from Britain in a bid to stop the unfold of coronavirus circumstances, the well being minister mentioned on Wednesday.
Over half of the overall 2,292 inmates and personnel in a jail in southeastern Seoul had been examined optimistic after a primary cluster an infection was reported throughout the jail final month, Yoon Tae-ho, a senior well being ministry official, advised a briefing.
The justice ministry is separating the confirmed inmates by transferring them to a delegated hospital, mentioned Yoon.
Authorities will full mass testing on some 70,000 jail inmates and workers nationwide, because the variety of confirmed circumstances linked to prisons all through the nation surged to 1,191.
The well being authorities will even determine whether or not to increase flight suspensions from Britain after at the very least 12 circumstances of a brand new pressure of the coronavirus had been discovered, mentioned Yoon.
The nation had already prolonged a ban on direct flights from Britain till Jan. 7, and required any passengers arriving from that nation or South Africa to bear testing earlier than departure.