Seoul Reports Prime Minister Han Duck-soo’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Post Davos Forum

SEOUL - Prime Minister Han Duck-soo of South Korea has been diagnosed with COVID-19, his office announced on Sunday. The diagnosis came two days after Han returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Han has subsequently canceled his official engagements for the upcoming week. This includes a pivotal Cabinet meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday. In light of Han's illness and necessary isolation, Choi Sang-mok, the finance minister and deputy prime minister for economic affairs, will likely assume Han's duties in chairing the Cabinet meeting.

The Prime Minister is set to manage his daily responsibilities remotely from his residence for the next week or so, maintaining oversight via telecommunication methods. The extent of the disruption to the government's schedule caused by Han's diagnosis remains unclear. A government official noted that there had been no decision yet on whether Han's absence would necessitate a rescheduling of the Cabinet meeting or alterations to its agenda.

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