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

Expro Wraps Up Financial Restructuring

first_imgOilfield services company Expro has completed its financial restructuring, which should provide the company with a stronger and more sustainable financial foundation to grow the business.The financial restructuring eliminated Expro’s entire $1.4 billion of funded debt, including the associated $80 million of annual interest payments, leaving the company with a fully deleveraged balance sheet.Additionally, Expro has raised $200 million in equity from its new shareholders, which according to Expro, ensures that the company exits this process in the best possible position for long-term business development and growth.The Chapter 11 “prepackaged” plan of reorganization was completed in just 50 days, without any interruption to normal business operations or relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, or business partners.Mike Jardon, Expro’s chief executive officer, said: “From the outset, our goal has been to deliver a strong capital structure from which to grow our business. It allows us to focus on our commitment to customers, delivering the very highest standards of safety and service quality, while investing in important new technology solutions.“As the industry shows signs of increased activity this year, this has been an important milestone to achieve, quickly and efficiently. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported such a positive outcome, without any interruption to our business or stakeholders. This indicates the strength of our Company and reputation in the marketplace.“We look forward to working with our new shareholders, who are fully committed to the company’s success. Their support has delivered the investment needed to realize our growth plans and, alongside the experience and energy of our employees, will help us to achieve the exciting vision that we have for the future.”last_img read more