South Korea ordered Japan’s envoy Friday to protest against its neighbor’s decision to isolate South Korean visitors for two weeks and warned reprisals, as the bid to rein in a coronavirus ignited a new spat, following a commerce row in 2019.
Japan is among nearly 100 countries to impose restrictions on travelers from South Korea, which has reported 42 deaths and 6,593 infections in the most massive epidemic outside China.
It has blocked entry to visitors from extremely affected areas in South Korea and ordered two weeks in isolation for others.
Tokyo faced “mistrust from the international community on account of its opaque, passive” response to the coronavirus epidemic, the National Security Council (NSC) stated after a meeting at the presidential Blue House earlier in the day.
The number of new cases of the flu-like virus plunged to 505 in South Korea on Friday, from 760 the previous day, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
U.S. Forces in Korea reported a new case, for a total of seven, among troopers, employees, or people related to the approximately 28,500 U.S. soldiers placed in South Korea.
Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip stated authorities had nearly finished tests on over 200,000 followers of a church in southeastern Daegu city at the core of the epidemic.