FAST FIVE: South Korea Confirms 169 New Cases As Total Surpasses 1,000; China Reports Drop In Deaths

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25 * * * Update (2000ET): South Korea has reported 169 new cases, raising its total to 1,146, while the death toll stood still at 11.

    On Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in traveled to Daegu, the city where more than half of the country's cases have been detected, and pledged to avoid the draconian restrictions Chinese authorities implemented in Wuhan, and across Hubei.

However, Moon's bold promises were somewhat blunted by the fact that the government has implemented a containment policy on Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, according to a party official cited by Yonhap.

The official was one of several individuals charged with overseeing the government's response to the virus.

Finally, over in the US, the CDC has upgraded its travel notice for South Korea to “avoid nonessential travel”.

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