SEOUL – South Korea is raising its alertlevel on the new coronavirus to the “highest”, President Moon Jae-insaid Sunday, in the face of a sudden spike in the number of infections. “The government will raise thealert level to the highest level according to experts’ recommendations,”he added. PHOTO BY REUTERS “The COVID-19 incident faces agrave turning point. The next few days will be crucial,” Moon saidfollowing a government meeting on the virus. The national toll of 556 cases is nowthe highest outside China, apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship inJapan. (AFP) South Korea has seen a rapid surge inthe number of coronavirus cases in recent days after a cluster of infectionsemerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu last week.