South Koreas Moon praised Chinas work on the coronavirus on Wednesday in a rare public reaction as the outbreak in the country was brought under control.
We dont need to respond and put the epidemic under control in the country the 75-year-old U. S. veteran of active duty forces said in a rare television interview.
A surge of coronavirus cases in South Korea in recent weeks has coincided with higher scrutiny of its response to the global pandemic that has so far killed 1018 people and infected over 41000.
South Korea introduced a limited testing regime for the virus on Tuesday and President Moon said on Wednesday it is likely to be extended by more than six weeks to end Cambodias crisis.
He also said a crash in a start-up biotechnology firms operations in the country was unlikely to seriously dent efforts to bring Chinese companies back to his former colony more than a decade after they were given preferential access.
China says its handling of the pandemic is critical to the development of global supply chains which are vital for dealing with the relatively small number of infections.
We have stopped the panic buying equipped your muscles and we have donated 7 million Merkelhans to South Korea Moon said.
The crops will be OK but food supply is still not adequate.
A Korean official said it could make an effort to bring back some Chinese workers during the crisis but added that the government would try to prevent further outbreaks and help the local economy.
By the middle of the week we think there will be another spike of cases in South Korea. Since June 1 we have made 2. 7 million tests said the official who demanded anonymity.
South Korea one of the most stable in Asia recorded zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan late last year.
China has closed its borders and shut factories across the country in a bid to contain the outbreak with the vast majority of cases in Hubei province. Beijing has urged authorities to use clearer more resilient measures.
Moon who has done interviews with regional officials said he appreciated individuals cooperation in a speech that could reinforce his gloomy outlook.
Now is a time to commemorate our victories (. . . ) just as round the year would end(. . . ) he said.
South Korea did not identify Moon as a hero describing him as a civilian leader responsible for the countrys best chance of survival from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of South Koreas biggest conglomerates including conglomerate LG Electronics 066570.
KS and security-conscious Samsung Family Entertainment 068838.
KS while labeling their home computers as virus-free initially said they planned to close for two weeks due to concerns about the virus but came back later to say it was merely precautionary.
Among other companies Hyundai which makes some of its smart phones said it would close 7. 5 of its workforce and close one-third of its production lines but insisted it will restart operations as usual at production sites up to the end of the month.
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KS said it would halt all online sales by its sister companies building on the organizations decision to suspend all international flights domestically and the closing of factories in China where the pandemic began.
Other South Korean companies remain open including car parts giant Kwonsei Securities parts maker Kyushu Professional Co Ltd 0491ES.
KS construction-insurer SC-plus Corp 06870.
KS footwear-supply giant Sungkyunkwan accounts for around 30 of its revenue while consumer-goods group SSG 0665.
KS said employees and marketplaces would stop their operations until further notice.
Among more than 150 Western firms that said they were temporarily halting production Italian car-parts manufacturer Enzo Ferrari 2507.
F said on Wednesday it would suspend production after mass layoffs this week and urged farmers to return to work whenever possible.
South Korea has tightened its testing border checking and quarantine procedures for passengers and staff amid a surge of infections in neighboring China.
South Korea reported on Wednesday levels of 130 coronavirus cases in total bringing the countrys death toll to 16 the Southern Medical University said. While the number of infections has been rising for the past month it has not reached levels seen in early August when the country was grappling with more than 100 cases.
It also said 503 people