19 Jan '11, 6am

S. Koreans urged to stay put for Lunar New Year

SEOUL: Officials in South Korea's southern regions have urged people not to return to home towns there for the Lunar New Year holiday for fear of spreading the nation's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Millions customarily travel to home towns to celebrate with their families the major traditional holiday, which falls this year on February 2-4. But southern regions that have largely been spared the outbreak said the holiday may be a critical point in preventing a nationwide epidemic. Lee Hong-Ki, mayor of the southeastern county of Geochang, appealed to President Lee Myung-Bak to persuade people not to travel to or from regions unaffected by the disease. Other regional governments including those for South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces also advised people not to travel but to call relatives instead. "We understand people miss families around this time of y...

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