US State Department raises travel advisory levels for Japan and S. Korea

More than 77,000 coronavirus cases have been reported globally with an uptick in infections in Japan and South Korea.
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In other news now, the growing threat of coronavirus. More than 77,000 cases are reported globally with more than 2,400 deaths at last report. U.S. Officials are talking about how effectively they can contain the virus here as the state department raises the travel advisory levels for Japan and South Korea. That's where Ian Pannell joins us in another uptick in cases Reporter: Yeah. That's right, Eva. South Korea's president has just put the country on code red. That's its highest alert for infectious diseases says -- saying officials should take, quote, unprecedented, powerful steps to fight a major outbreak of covid-19 in the country that just continues to spread. This morning, covid-19 cases surging in South Korea. The government here confirming more than 150 new cases, nearly half of the total infections linked to a single church group. I think people are taking this virus quite seriously and trying to stay in and stay away from large groups. Reporter: Americans William Wickham and Isaiah Anderson, both teaching English in south Korea. They showed ABC news this city, where nearly half of confirmed infections have been found. Normally the streets are very full, very packed with people, but the government has kind of advised people to stay inside, to wear masks. Reporter: And this bus terminal in Seoul, travelers are scanned with a heat detection camera, but as the fear of a possible pandemic grows, so is misinformation and disinformation. New reports of unfounded conspiracy theories are apparently being spread by a russian-linked social media account with false claims that the United States is behind the outbreak. Moscow denies any hand in it, and in America, one court is now temporarily blocking the U.S. Government from sending 50 people infected with covid-19 to a quarantine center in California. A hearing is scheduled Monday. People are now doing everything they can to try to protect themselves. Everyone is wearing face masks, washing their hands repeatedly, and when going to restaurants or a shopping mall, people are having their temperature taken. I want to show you this if I can. This is an app being developed that shows you where every person with the infection in the country has been, and avoid those areas. That is becoming increasingly difficult, whit. Still a mamg -- major concern

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