Foreign Ministry issues South Korea travel advisory amid COVID-19 fears

first_imgIndonesia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for South Korea on its official website,, amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak. The ministry has emphasized avoiding travel to Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo, the two regions with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea. The South Korean government has declared them “Special Care Zones”. “Considering the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Korea, we urge those of you who are and/or will be traveling to South Korea to increase caution and not to travel specifically to the Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo regions,” declared the travel advisory, which was posted on Sunday. Other countries, including the United States, have also issued travel advisories for South Korea.The United States issued a level 2 travel advisory for South Korea on Saturday. Visitors were asked to “exercise increased caution”, according to the website, but the US government has yet to issue a “do not travel” advisory. “Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in South Korea. Sustained community spread means that people in South Korea have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and the spread is ongoing,” the advisory says. As of Sunday, 13 countries have banned or restricted entry of South Koreans, based on the report. (ydp) Topics : “We also urge you to always have increased awareness, maintain physical and psychological stamina, wear masks while doing outdoor activities, wash your hands with soap regularly, eat well-cooked meat, reduce interaction in public and continue to monitor information conveyed by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul and by local authorities.” The advisory added that those experiencing problems in South Korea could contact the Indonesian Embassy’s hotline at +821053942546.According to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), there was a drastic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea between Feb. 19 and Feb 23. As of Feb. 23, 602 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in South Korea. Five people have died, 18 have recovered and 579 are being treated in hospitals. last_img read more

Football: Eagles, Trojans fall to Week 7 defeats

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island football teams fell to Week 7 defeats Friday night in their penultimate regular season contests.In Cumberland County, Ellsworth/Sumner waged a competitive battle with Yarmouth but lost 30-20 in a pivotal eight-man clash. The defeat sent the Eagles to 2-5 on the season.Ellsworth/Sumner racked up 453 yards of offense in the loss. Jack Sandone (150 yards and one touchdown) and Connor Crawford (122 yards and a touchdown) led a rushing attack that totaled 356 yards, and the Eagles also passed for 97 yards with Crawford and Will Johnson tallying two completions apiece. J’Von James returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown on special teams.Noah Hughes had eight solo tackles for Ellsworth/Sumner, which got seven solo tackles and one assisted tackle from James and four solo tackles and one assisted tackle from Crawford. Yet the Eagles had trouble stopping the run against Yarmouth (4-3) as the Clippers used a series of pitches and other run plays to move the ball down the field.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We really gave up the edge on the pitch, and that hurt us,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “They only had one long pass completion the entire night, but they were able to get in space outside when they ran it.”In Bar Harbor, MDI fell to 1-6 with a 38-6 loss to Oceanside. The visiting Mariners scored five first-half touchdowns to breeze to victory and spoil Homecoming for the Trojans.Much of MDI’s offense came via the passing game as Baylor Landsman completed seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Yet the home team was held to -2 rushing yards against Oceanside (4-3), which played 42 minutes of shutout football before Landsman connected with Sam Mitchell for a 35-yard score.Bucksport was idle over the weekend as its original Week 7 opponent, Orono, canceled its entire varsity slate just nine days before the season began. The Golden Bucks (6-0) can seal an undefeated regular season and the top seed in Class D North with a road win over Foxcroft (3-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.MDI will close out the season when it hosts Belfast (4-3) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Friday. Should the Trojans beat the Lions and Medomak Valley and Waterville lose their respective home games against Oceanside and Winslow (6-1), the eighth and final Class C North playoff spot would be decided by a matter of percentage points.“It would be a math thing,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “We are just focused on getting a win this week. There is still a possibility [that we can make the playoffs].”As for Ellsworth/Sumner, the picture is much simpler: The Eagles can qualify for the playoffs with a win over Gray-New Gloucester (1-6). That game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Gray-New Gloucester High School.“This is it,” Crawford said. “If we win, we’re in, and if we lose, our kids turn in their gear on Monday. Our seniors don’t want this to be the last time they play in these uniforms, and they know what’s on the line. It should be a close game.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more