Hundreds of schools are shut, churches have told worshippers to stay away and some mass gatherings have been banned in South Korea as cases of a new coronavirus swelled in the country.
South Korea said some 204 people are infected with the virus, quadruple the number it had two days earlier, as a crisis centred in China has begun strongly reverberating elsewhere.
The multiplying caseload in South Korea showed the ease with which the illness, called Covid-19, can spread.
Though initial infections were linked to China, new ones have not involved international travel.
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