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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 21 March
  • Date2020-03-21 18:23
  • Update2020-03-21 18:23
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

21 March, 2020



As of 0:00, 21 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 8,799, of which 2,612 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 147 in total.

 

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged

Isolated

Deceased

As of 0:00

20 March (Fri)

316,664

8,652

2,233

6,325

94

15,525

292,487

As of 0:00

21 March (Sat)

327,509

8,799

2,612

6,085

102

15,704

303,006

Differences

10,845

147

379

-240

8

179

10,519


Epidemiological links have been found for 80.7% of the total cases; 19.3% 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, 2 additional cases (1 from the 11th floor, 1 contact) were confirmed. The current total is 148 confirmed cases since 8 March. Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing on the newly confirmed cases are underway.

 

From Bundang Jesaeng Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 2 additional cases (2 staff in self-quarantine) were confirmed. A total of 42 cases have been confirmed so far. From Hyo Sarang nursing home, 5 cases have been confirmed since 19 March. Residents and staff there are currently under cohort-quarantine.

 

In Daegu, every person at high-risk facilities is being tested. 87 percent completed testing and 192 (0.8 percent) out of 25,493 were confirmed positive. From Daesil Covalescent Hospital in Dalseong-gun, 54 additional cases were confirmed, which brings the current total to 64. In-patients on 6th and 7th floors are under cohort-quarantine.

 

In Gyeongbuk Province, 35 cases were confirmed from Seo Convalescent Hospital in Gyeongsan. Epidemiological investigation is underway.

 

In order to prevent further importation of COVID-19 cases, all incoming travellers from Europe will be tested effective of 0:00, 22 March. Furthermore, even if tested negative, Korean citizens and long-term-stay foreigners should be under self-quarantine for 14 days, and short-term visitors should be under active monitoring. Anyone having respiratory symptoms at the point of entry or epidemiological links with confirmed cases will be quarantined for testing at quarantine station.

 

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


Region

Sub-

total

Epidemiological links

Others*

Newly confirmed

n

(%)

Details

Seoul

314

223

(71.0%)

Guro-gu call center (92), 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.

91

(29.0%)

15

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%)

0

Daegu

6,344

5,242

(82.6%)

Shincheonji (4,369), contacts of confirmed cases (683), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (75), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (64), KimSin Recuperation Hospital (26), Kwak’s Hospital (15), Baesung Hospital (8), etc.

1,102

(17.4%)

69

Incheon

40

32

(80.0%)

Guro-gu call center (20), contacts of confirmed cases (6), Seocho-gu company related (3), Shincheonji (2), existing imported cases (1)

8

(20.0%)

4

Gwangju

18

15

(83.3%)

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

3

(16.7%)

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%)

0

Sejong

41

38

(92.7%)

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

3

(7.3%)

0

Gyeonggi

321

262

(81.6%)

Seongnam Grace River Church (60), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (36), Bundang Je-saeng Hospital (38), Shincheonji (29), Suwon SaengMyeongSaem Church (12), Gunpo Hyo Sarang Nursing Home (5) etc.

59

(18.4%)

12

Gangwon

30

21

(70.0%)

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

9

(30.0%)

0

Chung-
buk

34

28

(82.4%)

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

6

(17.6%)

1

Chung-
nam

119

112

(94.1%)

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

7

(5.9%)

0

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

1,243

910

(73.2%)

Shincheonji (527), Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (30), Milal Shelter (27), Gyeongsan Seorin Nursing Home (25), Gyeongsan Cham Joeun Community Center (18), etc.

333

(26.8%)

40

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%)

0

Jeju

4

-

-

 

4

(100%)

0

Airport

23

23

(100%)

Imported cases (23)

-

   -

6

Total

8,799

7,100

(80.7%)

Shincheonji related cases 5,037 (57.2%)

1,699

      (19.3%)

147

* 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.

 

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


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