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South Korea shuts parliament and courts as coronavirus swells

Israel and others close doors to visitors from the country

South Korea's National Assembly building will be closed until Feb. 26 as the country grapples with the surge in coronavirus cases.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- With South Korea facing a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus patients, the government is closing down its parliament and courts in an attempt to curb the outbreak and prevent widespread societal turmoil.

The number of cases in the country increased by 231 to 833 on Monday, according to the South Korean government. Eight have died.

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