South Korea bars entry to foreign nationals who refuse to self-isolate

Eight people from six countries deported after failing to comply with coronavirus rules

South Korea has denied entry to eight foreign nationals after they refused to comply with strict quarantine requirements introduced this week to help the country tackle a rise in coronavirus infections, as anger mounts over visitors who have been caught breaking self-isolation rules.

The visitors, from six countries, were deported after they refused to self-isolate for two weeks, the justice ministry said. Media reports said the passengers had been informed of the rules before they boarded their flights.

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Coronavirus: Wuhan residents told to stay inside and be vigilant

China announces day of mourning for ‘martyrs’ as city at centre of outbreak seeks to avoid second wave before travel bans lift

Residents of Wuhan have been warned to stay indoors and strengthen protection measures, a few days before travel restrictions on the city at the centre of the pandemic are scheduled to be lifted.

The city’s top official urged vigilance as authorities sought to ward off a second wave of infection from incoming travellers, while also easing some of its stringent containment measures.

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New Zealand health minister caught mountain biking during lockdown

David Clark was criticised for engaging in higher-risk exercise activity and travelling 2km to cycle

New Zealand’s health minister has apologised to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after he was photographed mountain biking, apparently flouting the government’s own advice to exercise safely and locally during a country-wide lockdown.

David Clark told Ardern on Thursday night that he had driven to a park 2km from his Dunedin home.

“I spoke to the health minister last night, who apologised to me,” Ardern said in a statement.

Related: New Zealand site to report Covid-19 rule-breakers crashes amid spike in lockdown anger

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