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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 24 February
  • Date2020-02-24 17:53
  • Update2020-02-24 18:02
  • DivisionDivision of Risk Assessment and International Cooperation
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The updates of COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

As of 24 February,2020



Compared to yesterday morning (09:00, 23 February, 2020), 207 additional cases are confirmed, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 763 with 738 cases in isolation. 19,127 turned out to be negative and 8,725 are currently being tested.

 

Period

(since 3 January)

Total

Confirmed cases

Suspected cases

Sub

total

discharged

isolated

Deceased

Sub

total

being tested

tested negative

As of 9:00, 23 Feb.

22,633

556

18

534

4

22,077

6,039

16,038

As of 9:00, 24 Feb.

28,615

763

18

738

7

27,852

8,725

19,127

Differences

+5,982

+207

0*

+204

+3 **

+5,775

+2,686

+3,089

 

  * The 9th, 13th, 15th, and 20th cases will be released from isolation later today.

**  Three cases(#54, #55, and #286) passed away on 23 February, and the cause of death is currently being investigated. 54th case is a Korean male born in 1963, 55th case is a Korean male born in 1961, and 286th case is a Korean male born in 1958. All of the deceased cases belong to Cheongdo Daenam Hospital cluster.


Including 207 newly confirmed cases, the total of 763 cases are classified by the clusters and the regions as follows.

 

Regions

Confirmed cases

Remarks

sub

total

Shincheonji

(Religious sect)

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital

Imported or imported related

Others*

Newly confirmed**

Seoul

30

1

0

18

11

4

Mostly imported or imported related

Busan

17

4

1

0

12

8

Onchun Church related

Daegu

442

376

0

0

66

155

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Incheon

2

1

0

1

0

0

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Gwangju

9

7

0

1

1

2

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Daejeon

3

0

0

0

3

1

 

Ulsan

1

1

0

0

0

0

Shincheonji cluster

Sejong

1

1

0

0

0

0

Shincheonji cluster

Gyeonggi

35

8

0

11

16

12

Mostly imported or imported related

Gangwon

7

3

0

0

4

0

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Chungbuk

3

3

0

0

0

0

Shincheonji cluster

Chungnam

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

Cheonbuk

3

0

0

1

2

0

Imported or imported related

Cheonnam

1

0

0

1

0

0

Imported or imported related

Gyeongbuk

186

38

112

0

36

16

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital cluster or travel history to Israel

Gyeongnam

20

13

0

0

7

9

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Jeju

2

0

0

0

2

0

Shincheonji cluster

Total

763

456

113

33

161

207

74.6% are Shincheonji and Cheongdo Daenam Hospital clusters

59.8%

14.8%

4.3%

21.1%

* Not classified into a cluster or under investigation

** Confirmed from 9:00, 23 February to 9:00 24 February

The interim classification is based on the reporting location, which may change depending on further epidemiological investigation.

 

The Korean government has raised the alert level from Orange(Level 3) to Red (Level 4) in order to prepare for a possible nation-wide transmission. It was a proactive decision taking into consideration the pattern and speed of transmission.

 

- Community transmission has been expanded from special management regions, Daegu (Shincheonji) and Cheongdo (Daenam Hospital). The newly confirmed cases are also mostly related to Shincheonji clusters.

 

- The government takes both containment and mitigation strategies, considering the different situations in regions. In the special management regions (Daegu and Cheongdo), the response measures are more focused on isolating and treating potential cases than tracing an individual case. Furthermore, medical resources are put into severe cases so as to mitigate the impact, such as death. In other regions, epidemiological investigation and environmental disinfection are conducted to find Shincheonji-related cases as well as to prevent sporadic community spread.


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