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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 19 March
  • Date2020-03-19 19:14
  • Update2020-03-19 20:49
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

19 March, 2020



As of 0:00, 19 March 2020, a total of 8,565 cases have been confirmed, of which 1,947 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 152 in total.

 

[Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged

Isolated

Deceased

As of 0:00

18 March (Wed)

295,647

8,413

1,540

6,789

84

16,346

270,888

As of 0:00

19 March (Thurs)

307,024

8,565

1,947

6,527

91

15,904

282,555

Differences

+11,377

+152

+407

-262

+7

-442

+11,667

 

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 80.8% of the total cases; 19.2% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2. Weekly trend of imported cases by period and region of origin is provided in Figure 1.

 

From Guro-gu call center in Seoul, 4 additional cases (2 from the 11th floor, 2 contacts) were confirmed. The current total is 139 confirmed cases since 8 March.

 

From Grace River Church in Gyeonggi Province, 9 additional cases were confirmed. The current total is 64 confirmed cases since 9 March. Contact tracing is underway.

 

From Bundang Jesaeng Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 4 additional cases were confirmed. The current total of 35 confirmed cases since 5 March (20 staff, 5 patients in inpatient care, 2 discharged patients, 4 guardians of patients, 4 contacts outside the hospital). The 144 staff members who were found to have visited the hospital’s Wing no. 81 (where many confirmed cases emerged) were tested, 3 of whom tested positive.

 

From Baesung Hospital in Daegu, 8 cases (2 staff, 6 patients in inpatient care) have been confirmed in total since 16 March. The confirmed patients have been referred to another hospital and are under cohort isolation.

 

In Daegu, every person at high-risk facilities is being tested. 7 additional cases have been confirmed from 5 nursing homes.

 

A 17-year-old male patient died on 18 March after suffering fever and deteriorating respiratory symptoms. After several tests by the KCDC and multiple university hospitals, COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Management Committee conclusively determined the patient to be COVID-19 negative.

 

In light of the recent rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East region, as well as the rise in the number of imported cases found both at airport quarantine and in communities, the KCDC announced that the Special Entry Procedure has been extended to all travelers arriving at port beginning at 0:00 of 19 March. Upon entering Korea, all travelers are required to respond to a questionnaire, get checked for fever, provide a domestic address and confirmed contact information at port entry, and report their symptoms daily for the next 14 days via the self health check mobile app (“Self-Diagnosis”) on their mobile device. Travel histories of all travelers entering Korea will be provided to healthcare providers via the International Traveler Information System for reference. The names of all entrants will be provided to local public health centers for a more active monitoring of potential imported cases for the first 14 days upon their arrival.

 

The KCDC also strongly recommended that all non-urgent international travel plans be canceled or postponed. Persons who are unable to avoid traveling for a critical reason are advised to refrain from visiting any enclosed facilities or healthcare facilities. Upon entering Korea, they should voluntarily disclose any symptoms and their international travel history and follow appropriate guidelines and instructions, including minimizing movement and interpersonal contact for 14 days. In particular, the KCDC urged travelers arriving from Europe or the U.S. to strictly follow the self-quarantine protocol, in light of the recent rise in confirmed cases in these regions.

 

The KNIH is currently conducting a study of clinical epidemiology and immunology of COVID-19 patients and hopes that its findings will inform infection prevention policies.

 

In light of the continued emergence of outbreaks in healthcare facilities, call centers, and church clusters, the KCDC stressed the importance of strengthening prevention management for such community facilities. The KCDC urged people to refrain from attending crowded places or religious gatherings and recommended that workplaces actively encourage and enable employees to work remotely from home.

 

The KCDC again reminded everyone that personal hygiene and social distancing practices are effective measures to prevent infections. Any person who suspect onset COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call the KCDC call center (1339) or local call centers (area code + 120), ask a local public health center, or visit a screening facility, before visiting a regular healthcare provider directly. All persons who visit a screening center should arrive wearing a mask and in their own car if possible.

 

Acknowledging the growing anxiety, fatigue, and stress felt by the public as the outbreak prolongs, the KCDC reminded citizens of mental health and psychological care support available for patients and their families as well as those who have been discharged from isolation, and asked citizens to seek professional help when needed.



[Table 2. Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the confirmed cases]

Region

Sub-

total

Epidemiological links

Others*

Newly confirmed

n

(%)

Details

Seoul

282

208

(73.8%)

Guro-gu call center (85), Dongan Church-PC Cafe (20), Eunpyeong St Mary’s Hospital (14), Seongdong-gu Apartments (13), Jongno-gu (10), Shincheonji (6), etc.

74

(26.2%)

12

Busan

107

78

(72.9%)

Onchun Church (32), Shincheonji (11), Suyeong-gu Kindergarten (5), Haeundae-gu Jangsan Catholic Church (4), Jin-gu private academy (4), Daenam Hospital (1), etc.

29

(27.1%)

0

Daegu

6,241

5,157

(82.6%)

Shincheonji (4,368), contacts of confirmed cases (665), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (75), KimSin Recuperation Hospital (26), Kwak’s Hospital (13), Baesung Hospital (8), etc.

1,084

(17.4%)

97

Incheon

32

27

(84.4%)

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

5

(15.6%)

0

Gwangju

17

14

(82.4%)

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

3

(17.6%)

0

Daejeon

22

12

(54.5%)

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

10

(45.5%)

0

Ulsan

36

26

(72.2%)

Shincheonji (16), contacts of confirmed cases (10)

10

(27.8%)

6

Sejong

41

38

(92.7%)

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (29), gym facilities (8), Shincheonji (1)

3

(7.3%)

0

Gyeonggi

295

243

(82.4%)

Seongnam Grace River Church (59), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (35), Bundang Je-saeng Hospital (31), Shincheonji (29), Suwon SaengMyeongSaem Church (12), etc.

52

(17.6%)

18

Gangwon

30

21

(70.0%)

Shincheonji (20), gym facilities in Cheonan (1)

9

(30.0%)

0

Chung-
buk

33

29

(87.9%)

Shincheonji (11), Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11), contacts of confirmed cases (7)

4

(12.1%)

1

Chung-
nam

118

112

(94.9%)

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), Seosan research center (8), Seongnam Grace River Church (1)

6

(5.1%)

0

Jeon-buk

10

4

(40.0%)

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

6

(60.0%)

1

Jeon-
nam

5

4

(80.0%)

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

1

(20.0%)

0

Gyeong-
buk

1,190

863

(72.5%)

Shincheonji (519), Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (119), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (64), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Milal Shelter (27), Gyeongsan Seorin Nursing Home (25), Gyeongsan Jeil Silver Town (17), Gyeongsan Cham Joeun Community Center (18), etc.

327

(27.5%)

12

Gyeong-
nam

86

70

(81.4%)

Shincheonji (32), Geochang Church (10), Geochang Woongyang-myeon (8), Hanmaeum Changwon Hospital (7), Changyeong coin karaoke (7), contacts of confirmed cases (4), Busan Oncheon Church (2)

16

(18.6%)

0

Jeju

4

-

-

 

4

(100.0 %  )

0

Airport

16

16

(100.0%)

Imported cases (16)

-

-

5

Total

8,565

6,922

(80.8%)

Shincheonji 5,028 cases (58.7%)

1,643

(19.2%)

152

* 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.


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