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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea(as of 17 March)
  • Date2020-03-17 20:07
  • Update2020-03-17 21:53
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

17 March, 2020



As of 0:00, 17 March 2020, a total of 8,320 cases have been confirmed, with 1,401 cases discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 84 in total. The regional distribution of the confirmed cases are as follows:

 

 

 

City

 

Total

Seoul

Busan

Daegu

Incheon

Gwangju

Daejeon

Ulsan

Sejong

isolated

6,838

210

52

5,094

26

10

18

20

40

discharged

1,401

55

54

947

5

6

4

8

0

deceased

81

0

1

57

0

0

0

0

0

Total

8,320

265

107

6,098

31

16

22

28

40

 

Province

Other

 

Gyeonggi

Gangwon


Chung

-buk

Chung

-nam

Jeon

-buk

Jeon

-nam

Gyeong

-buk

Gyeong-nam

Jeju

Airport Screening

isolated

204

20

26

100

3

2

941

64

2

6

discharged

55

8

5

15

4

2

209

22

2

0

deceased

3

1

0

0

0

0

19

0

0

0

Total

262

29

31

115

7

4

1,169

86

4

6

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 80.6% of the total cases; 19.4% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 1 on the next page. Distribution of the cases by sex and age groups are as indicated in Table 2. A graph of imported cases by period and region of origin is provided in Figure 1.

 

Five additional confirmed cases have been reported from the call center located in Guro-gu, Seoul, amounting to a current total of 134 confirmed cases from the call center since 8 March. Investigations of the confirmed cases who are onset of symptom at the end of February revealed that they are not Shincheonji members, have no recent history of overseas travel, and have no known link to other confirmed cases.

 

A current total of 47 confirmed cases have been reported from a church (Grace River Church) in Gyeonggi Province since 9 March. Further investigation and contact tracing are underway.

 

The KCDC released the data it has collected on the characteristics of pediatric COVID-19 cases (patients aged 18 years old or younger). A total of 352 confirmed pediatric cases have been reported, among whom 56 have been discharged and 296 are currently in isolation. Discharge rate for pediatric patients is 15.9%, compared to 16.8% for all ages. There has been no fatalities. No severe cases occurred. Further detailed analysis of pediatric cases is underway. More data will be made available as soon as the analysis is completed. 

 

In light of the recent rise in the number of confirmed cases from airport quarantine, the KCDC announced that the Special Entry Procedure will be extended to all travelers arriving at port beginning at 0:00 of 19 March. The Special Entry Procedure requires the traveler to be checked for fever, provide a confirmed contact information at port entry, and report their symptoms daily for the next 14 days via self-health check mobile app. Travel history of all travelers entering Korea will be provided to healthcare providers via the International Traveler Information System for reference.

 

Travelers who have visited Europe, the U.S., or Asia in the past 14 days are advised to minimize movement, adhere to social distancing personal hygiene measures, since infected persons with mild symptoms in initial stages of the disease may unknowingly transmit the virus to other people.

 

The KCDC will be having a conference meeting with WHO clinical team/COVID-19 advisors, representatives of relevant institutions, and domestic experts and researchers. This meeting, initiated by WHO who expressed interest in participating in the COVID-19 cohort research by domestic healthcare professionals, is expected to be helpful in developing future strategies for responding to the global pandemic.

 

The KCDC again reminded everyone that personal hygiene and social distancing practices are effective measures to prevent infections.


[Table 1. Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the confirmed cases]


Region

Sub-

total

Epidemiological links

Others*

Newly confirmed

#

(%)

Details

Seoul

265

196

(74.0%)

Guro-gu call center (82), Dongan Church-Internet Cafe (18), Eunpyeong St Mary’s Hospital (14), Seongdong-gu Apartments (13), Jongno-gu (10), Shincheonji (6), etc.


69


(26.0%)

12

Busan

107

75

(70.1%)

Onchun Church (32), Shincheonji (8(4), Daenam Hospital (1), etc.


32


(29.9%)

0

Daegu

6,098

5,021

(82.3%)

Shincheonji (4,363), contacts of confirmed cases (656), Daenam Hospital (2)

1,077

(17.7%)

32

Incheon

31

27

(87.1%)

Guro-gu call center (19), contacts of confirmed cases (5), Shincheonji (2), existing imported cases (1)

4

(12.9%)

1

Gwangju

16

14

(87.5%)

Shincheonji (9), contacts of confirmed cases (4), existing imported cases (1)

2

(12.5%)

0

Daejeon

22

12

(54.5%)

Contacts of confirmed cases (8), Shincheonji (2), Seosan research center (2)

10

(45.5%)

0

Ulsan

28

22

(78.6%)

Shincheonji (16), contacts of confirmed cases (6)

6

(21.4%)

0

Sejong

40

37

(92.5%)

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (28), gym facilities (8), Shincheonji (1)

3

(7.5%)

0

Gyeonggi

262

214

(81.7%)

Seongnam Grace River Church (45), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon Saeng Myeong Su Church (33), Shincheonji (28), Bundang Je-saeng Hospital (26), Suwon Saeng Myeong Saem Church (10), existing imported cases (6), etc.


48


(18.3%)

31

Gangwon

29

21

(72.4%)

Shincheonji (20), Cheonan gym facility (1)

8

(27.6%)

0

Chung-
buk

31

27

(87.1%)

Shincheonji (10), Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11), contacts of confirmed cases (6)

4

(12.9%)

0

Chung-
nam

115

112

(97.4%)

Gym facility in Cheonan (104), Seosan research center (8)

3

(2.6%)

0

Jeon-buk

7

4

(57.1%)

Contacts of confirmed cases (2), existing imported cases (1), Shincheonji (1)

3

(42.9%)

0

Jeon-
nam

4

3

(75.0%)

Shincheonji (1), existing imported cases (1), contacts of confirmed cases (1)

1

(25.0%)

0

Gyeong-
buk

1,169

848

(72.5%)

Shincheonji (517), Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (119), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (58), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Milal Shelter (27), Gyeongsan Seorin Nursing Home (24), Gyeongsan Jeil Silver Town (17), Gyeongsan Cham Joeun Community Center (18), etc.

321

(27.5%)

5

Gyeong-
nam

86

66

(76.7%)

Shincheonji (32), Geochang Church (10), Geochang Woongyang-myeon (8), Hanmaeum Changwon Hospital (7), Changyeong coin karaoke (7), Busan Oncheon Church (2)


20


(23.3%)

1

Jeju

4

-

-

 

4

(100.0%)

0

Airport

6

6

(100.0%)

Imported cases (6)

-

-

2

Total

8,320

6,705

(80.6%)

Shincheonji 5,016 (60.3%)

1,615

(19.4%)

84

* Not classified into a cluster or under investigation

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

 

[Table 2. Distribution of the cases by sex and age groups]

 

Confirmed cases

# (%)

Deaths

# (%)

Fatality rate %

Total

8,320

(100.00)

81

(100.00)

0.97

Sex

Male

3,200

(38.46)

44

(54.32)

1.38

Female

5,120

(61.54)

37

(45.68)

0.72

Age

Group

80 and above

274

(3.29)

28

(34.57)

10.22

70-79

539

(6.48)

29

(35.80)

5.38

60-69

1,033

(12.42)

16

(19.75)

1.55

50-59

1,602

(19.25)

6

(7.41)

0.37

40-49

1,164

(13.99)

1

(1.23)

0.09

30-39

856

(10.29)

1

(1.23)

0.12

20-29

2,330

(28.00)

0

(0.00)

-

10-19

436

(5.24)

0

(0.00)

-

0-9

86

(1.03)

0

(0.00)

-

 


[Table 3. Distribution of pediatric cases by age group]

Age group

Total confirmed cases

Change from previous day

Status

Discharged from isolation

In isolation

0-2

27

-

5

22

3-6

27

-

4

23

7-12

87

+1

14

73

13-15

83

+1

14

69

16-18

128

+2

19

109

Total

352

+4

56

296



[Figure 1. Imported confirmed cases by region of origin]

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Cases distribution by region:


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