March 4, 2020 / 2:50 AM / 3 months ago

South Korean President Moon cancels planned trip to the UAE, Egypt and Turkey over coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speaks during a ceremony marking the 101st anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement Day in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2020. Kim Min-Hee/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday canceled his planned trip to the UAE, Egypt and Turkey in mid-March, over coronavirus, according to the presidential Blue House.

“In response to the recent nationwide spread of COVID-19, we have decided not to go ahead with trips,” said presidential blue house spokesman Kang Min-seok in a statement.

South Korea reported 516 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, raising the country’s total tally to 5,328.

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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