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The U.S. is not likely to up its travel advisory, Amcham says Upping travel advisory not likely

Mar 06,2020
The United States is unlikely to apply its highest travel advisory to all of Korea, a U.S. business lobby said Thursday, citing Seoul’s aggressive efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, the United States raised its travel advisory for Daegu to Level 4, the highest level, urging Americans not to travel to the southeastern city most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in Korea.

The rest of Korea remained under Level 3, which means “reconsider travel.”

“The fact that the highest-level travel advisory has been restricted to the Daegu region and not to all of Korea shows the U.S. government’s recognition of Korea’s effective measures to contain the outbreak,” said Jeffrey Jones, chairman of the board of governors at the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in Korea.

Jones and Amcham Chairman James Kim said Korea has been proactive and transparent in reacting to the virus outbreak and that the high number of confirmed cases is due to the thorough testing procedures of the Korean government.

Korea has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases after China. It had reported a total of 5,766 cases as of Thursday, with the death toll at 35.

As for the impact of the spreading virus outbreak on U.S. businesses in Korea, Amcham said about 80 percent of its member companies expect to report a loss in revenue for the first quarter due mainly to a decline in purchases by customers or clients.

Amcham members have taken measures to minimize the impact of the virus on their operations and are distributing masks and sanitary equipment.

“We at Amcham have complete confidence that the Korean government is undertaking every possible measure to confront the situation and restore normalcy,” the chairman said.

Yonhap