Korea begins coronavirus tests on all arrivals from Europe

  • Korea begins coronavirus tests on all arrivals from Europe

Korea begins coronavirus tests on all arrivals from Europe

The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said there were 64 new cases on Monday, taking the national tally to 8,961.

President Donald Trump asked South Korea to send medical equipment to the United States to fight the coronavirus, promising to help Korean companies gain USA government approval, South Korea's presidential office said.

The White House confirmed that the two leaders spoke on Tuesday, but did not say whether Trump made any such request. "We have now secured enough volume and stocks of the test kits for domestic use, but I have to check further on the availability for the use of exports", Jeong Eun-kyeong, chief of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

As of Wednesday, South Korea had tested around 358,000 people while reporting 9,137 infections and 126 deaths.

"President Trump of the United States... made a request to us for the urgent provision of quarantine items such as diagnostic kits", Moon said while visiting a test developer in Seoul.

"We have now secured enough volume and stocks of the test kits for domestic use, but I have to check further on the availability for the use of exports", Jeong told reporters.

"If there is a domestic surplus, I will support as much as possible", Moon told Trump.

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

South Korea has conducted about 350,000 tests so far, including by setting up facilities where people can simply drive or walk through.

Moon also talked by phone with the prime minister of Spain. The country was praised for slowing the spread of COVID-19 with comparatively little disruption. A two-week mandatory quarantine for all long-term arrivals from Europe took effect last Thursday.