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South Korea's Moon faces biggest political test over virus outbreak

President's party frets over epidemic's impact on April general election

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in faces growing public discontent over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and an earlier decision to not to bar Chinese from the country.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in faces his biggest challenge since taking office three years ago, as people express dissatisfaction over his leadership amid the worsening new coronavirus epidemic.

More than 1.4 million Koreans have signed a petition over the last month calling for Moon's impeachment, blaming his government for not preventing the virus from spreading throughout the country. South Korea has more than 5,700 cases of coronavirus infection, the largest number in the world after China. The country's death toll from COVID-19 reached 35 as of Thursday morning.

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