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Vietnam isolates all South Korea arrivals, squeezing Samsung

Country serves as key assembling hub for Galaxy smartphones

Vietnamese guards patrol the Huu Nghi gate bordering China. Vietnam has shut down schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam will quarantine all arrivals from South Korea to guard against the new coronavirus, the Southeast Asian country said Friday, a policy move sure to hamstring the operations of South Korean corporate giants like Samsung Electronics that have a heavy presence in the nation.

Starting Saturday, all individuals coming from South Korea, including residents and citizens of Vietnam, will be isolated for 14 days. Vietnam also will suspend visa waivers for South Korean tourists.

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