Taiwan raises coronavirus travel advisories for Japan and S. Korea

South Korea saw its number of infections jump from 100 to over 300 in just two days

Disinfecting a subway station in Seoul, South Korea 

Disinfecting a subway station in Seoul, South Korea  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has raised the travel advisories for Japan and South Korea to Level 2 alerts, as the number of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the two countries surged.

Apart from the more than 500 cases recorded on the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Yokohama, Japan has confirmed more than 100 patients on land. Meanwhile, in the space of just two days, South Korea has seen its number of coronavirus cases increase from 100 to more than 300.

Taiwan has a three-level system including watches, alerts and warnings. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday (Feb. 22) that travelers visiting the two countries should take preventive action against infections.

It said if individuals show symptoms of the virus, they should inform health staff at the airport so the adequate measures can be taken, CNA reported. Japan and South Korea have seen several incidents of community spread, with hospitals and churches becoming scenes of mass infection.

Taiwan had recorded 26 coronavirus cases by Saturday noon, including one death.