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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 20 March
  • Date2020-03-20 18:14
  • Update2020-03-20 18:17
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


20 March 2020


As of 0:00, 20 March 2020, a total of 8,652 cases have been confirmed, of which 2,233 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 87 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

19 March (Thurs)

307,024

8,565

1,947

6,527

91

15,904

282,555

As of 0:00

20 March (Fri)

316,664

8,652

2,233

6,325

94

15,525

292,487

Change

+9,640

+87

+286

-202

+3

-379

+9,932

 

 

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 2. Case distribution by sex and age group is shown in Table 5. Weekly trend of imported cases by period and region of origin is provided in Figure 1.

 

From Guro-gu call center in Seoul, 7 additional cases (11th floor = 2; contacts = 5) were confirmed. The current total is 146 confirmed cases since 8 March. (11th floor = 89; 10th floor = 1; 9th floor = 1; contacts = 54)

 

From Bundang Jesaeng Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 5 additional cases were confirmed. The current total of 40 confirmed cases since 5 March. (Hospital staff = 22; patients = 7; family/caregivers of patients = 6; contacts outside the hospital = 5)

 

In Daegu, every person at high-risk facilities is being tested. 10 additional cases have been confirmed from 3 convalescent hospitals.

 

In light of the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the European region including Italy, Spain, France, the U.K., as well as the rise in the number of imported cases found both at airport quarantine and in local communities (total imported cases = 86; imported cases from Europe = 50), stronger entry procedures will be implemented from 22 March for persons traveling from Europe. All persons arriving from Europe will be required to answer a questionnaire on their health condition, get checked for fever, and get tested after being escorted to an appropriate facility quarantine facility for persons with symptoms and designated temporary living facilities for those without symptoms. Those whose test comes out positive will either be moved a hospital or a Life Treatment Center based on the severity level assessed for each case. In principle, Korean citizens or resident aliens who test negative go into self-quarantine at their place of residence. Those without a place of residence in Korea will be quarantined at a facility. Foreigners who are temporarily staying in Korea for a short time will subject to active monitoring during their stay in Korea. 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 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 continue to follow social distancing and personal hygiene practices. To minimize contact with other people, attending religious gatherings or visiting any place with a lot of people in an enclosed space should be refrained. The KCDC also recommended that workplaces enable and actively encourage employees to use remote working options. Those with fever or respiratory symptoms should refrain completely from going to work or school and watch their symptoms or the next 3-4 days.

 

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.

 

In a recent survey, 58.4% of respondents said they have heard hate speech related to COVID-19 within the last week, and 62.6% said they fear the blame or discrimination they might face if they become infected. KCDC reminded everyone that COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can affect anyone and that infection shouldn’t be grounds for blame or social stigma. The KCDC asked citizens to send warm regards and encouragement to those who are affected by the virus, including confirmed patients and their families, people under self-quarantine, and recovered patients. Excess blame can cause patients to suffer the aftermath of psychological trauma even after recovering from the infection. Such a culture can potentially result in people refusing to be tested for the fear of social stigma, causing in turn more infection to spread to local communities. The transparent, timely disclosure of infection-related information is provided for the purpose of infection prevention only, as it helps to find potential cases unable to be traced by epidemiological investigation by informing those who may have been exposed to the virus. The KCDC asked reporters and others to refrain from citing or reporting on privacy-sensitive information or information that can identify the patient.


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


Region

Sub-

total

Epidemiological links

Others*

Newly confirmed

n

(%)

Details

Seoul

299

218

(72.9%)

Guro-gu call center (91), Dongan Church-PC Cafe (20), Eunpyeong St Mary’s Hospital (14), Seongdong-gu Apartments (13), Jongno-gu (10), Shincheonji (6), Seongnam Grace River Church (4), etc.

81

(27.1%)

17

Busan

108

78

(72.2%)

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

30

(27.8%)

1

Daegu

6,275

5,179

(82.5%)

Shincheonji (4,369), contacts of confirmed cases (676), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (75), KimSin Recuperation Hospital (26), Kwak’s Hospital (13), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (10), Baesung Hospital (8), etc.

1,096

(17.5%)

34

Incheon

36

30

(83.3%)

Guro-gu call center (19), contacts of confirmed cases (5), company in Seocho-gu (3), Shincheonji (2), existing imported cases (1)

6

(16.7%)

4

Gwangju

18

15

(83.3%)

Shincheonji (9), contacts of confirmed cases (5), existing imported cases (1)

3

(16.7%)

1

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%)

0

Sejong

41

38

(92.7%)

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

3

(7.3%)

0

Gyeonggi

309

250

(80.9%)

Seongnam Grace River Church (60), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (36), Bundang Je-saeng Hospital (36), Shincheonji (29), Suwon SaengMyeongSaem Church (12), etc.

59

(19.1%)

14

Gangwon

30

21

(70.0%)

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

9

(30.0%)

0

Chung-
buk

33

28

(84.8%)

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

5

(15.2%)

0

Chung-
nam

119

112

(94.1%)

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

7

(5.9%)

1

Jeon-buk

10

4

(40.0%)

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

6

(60.0%)

0

Jeon-
nam

5

4

(80.0%)

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

1

(20.0%)

0

Gyeong-
buk

1,203

870

(72.3%)

Shincheonji (519), Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (119), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (67), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Milal Shelter (27), Gyeongsan Seorin Nursing Home (25), Gyeongsan Jeil Silver Town (17), Gyeongsan Cham Joeun Community Center (18), etc.

333

(27.7%)

13

Gyeong-
nam

87

70

(80.5%)

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)

17

(19.5%)

1

Jeju

4

-

-

 

4

(100.0%)

0

Airport

17

17

(100.0%)

Imported cases (17)

-

-

1

Total

8,652

6,972

(80.6%)

Shincheonji 5,028 cases (58.7%)

1,680

(19.4%)

87

* 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.


Regional distribution of total confirmed cases:

 

[Table 3. Confirmed cases by region]


 

Total

City

Seoul

Busan

Daegu

Incheon

Gwangju

Daejeon

Ulsan

Sejong

Isolated

6,325

235

47

4,631

29

8

17

25

41

Discharged

2,233

64

60

1,577

7

10

5

11

0

Deceased

94

0

1

67

0

0

0

0

0

Subtotal

8,652

299

108

6,275

36

18

22

36

41

(Change)

(87)

(17)

(1)

(34)

(4)

(1)

-

-

-

 

Province

Other

Gyeonggi

Gangwon

Chung-buk

Chung-

nam

Jeon-

buk

Jeon-

nam

Gyeong-

buk

Gyeong-nam

Jeju

Airport screening

Isolated

240

19

27

87

3

2

841

54

2

17

Discharged

66

10

6

32

7

3

340

33

2

0

Deceased

3

1

0

0

0

0

22

0

0

0

Subtotal

309

30

33

119

10

5

1,203

87

4

17

(Change)

(14)

-

-

(1)

-

-

(13)

(1)

-

(1)

 

[Table 4. Case distribution and incidence rate by region]


 

Region

# of cases

(%)

Incidence rate (per 0.1M)

Region

# of cases

(%)

Incidence rate (per 0.1M)


Seoul

299

(3.46)

3.07

Gyeonggi

309

(3.57)

2.33

Busan

108

(1.25)

3.17

Gangwon

30

(0.35)

1.95

Daegu

6,275

(72.53)

257.54

Chungbuk

33

(0.38)

2.06

Incheon

36

(0.42)

1.22

Chungnam

119

(1.38)

5.61

Gwangju

18

(0.21)

1.24

Jeonbuk

10

(0.12)

0.55

Daejeon

22

(0.25)

1.49

Jeonnam

5

(0.06)

0.27

Ulsan

36

(0.42)

3.14

Gyeongbuk

1,203

(13.90)

45.18

Sejong

41

(0.47)

11.98

Gyeongnam

87

(1.01)

2.59

Airport Screening

17

(0.20)

-

Jeju

4

(0.05)

0.60

 

 

 

 

Total

8,652

(100)

16.69



[Table 5. Case distribution by sex and age group]


 

Confirmed Cases

(%)

Deaths

(%)

Fatality rate (%)

Total

8,652

(100.0)

94

(100.0)

1.09

Sex

Male

3,330

(38.49)

51

(54.26)

1.53

Female

5,322

(61.51)

43

(45.74)

0.81

Age

80 and above

329

(3.80)

33

(35.11)

10.03

70-79

568

(6.56)

35

(37.23)

6.16

60-69

1,099

(12.70)

17

(18.09)

1.55

50-59

1,656

(19.14)

7

(7.45)

0.42

40-49

1,193

(13.79)

1

(1.06)

0.08

30-39

893

(10.32)

1

(1.06)

0.11

20-29

2,365

(27.33)

0

(0.00)

-

10-19

452

(5.22)

0

(0.00)

-

0-9

97

(1.12)

0

(0.00)

-

 


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



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