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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 26 March
  • Date2020-03-26 19:56
  • Update2020-06-15 14:48
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


26 March 2020


As of 0:00, 26 March 2020, a total of 9,241 cases (including 284 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 4,144 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 104 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

25 March (Wed)

357,896

9,137

3,730

5,281

126

14,278

334,481

As of 0:00

26 March (Thurs)

364,942


9,241

4,144

4,966

131

14,369

341,332

Difference

7,046

104

414

-315

5

91

6,851

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 82.2% of the total cases; 14.7% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.

 

From the call center building in Guro-gu, Seoul, 2 additional cases were confirmed. The current total is 160 confirmed cases since 8 March. Of the 160 confirmed cases, 97 are persons who worked in the building (11th floor = 94; 10th floor = 2; 9th floor = 1), and 63 are their contacts.

 

From a preschool in Siheung-si, Gyeonggi Province, one teacher was confirmed with COVID-19. The 48 contacts (children = 33; teachers = 14; parent = 1) of the teacher have been tested, all of which returned negative.

 

In Daegu, testing has been completed for every person at high-risk facilities. Of the 33,256 test results, 224 (0.7%) were positive results.

 

From a healthcare institution (Daegu Fatima Hospital) in Daegu, 19 cases (patients = 10; staff = 5; guardians/caregivers = 4) have been confirmed since 17 March. Most of the confirmed cases arose from the hospital’s 71st and 72nd wings. They have been placed in cohort isolation.

  

In light of the rise in the percentage of imported cases, screening at port entry and strict self-quarantine monitoring is important.

 

Since 22 March, every inbound traveler from Europe is required to be tested. Also, in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States and the rise in the number of imported cases from the US, starting 0:00 of 27 March, a stronger screening process will be applied for inbound travelers from the United States.

 

- All symptomatic persons entering from the US, regardless of nationality, will be required to wait for testing in a facility within the airport. Persons who test positive will be transferred to a hospital or “Life Treatment Center”. Persons who test negative will enter self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

 

- Korean nationals and foreigners with a domestic residence who are asymptomatic at the time of entry will enter self-quarantine in their home for 14 days and get tested if symptoms begin to occur.

 

- Foreigners who are on a short-term visit without domestic residence and thus are unable to self-quarantine will be tested in at a temporary facility. If they test negative, they will be allowed entry under enhanced active monitoring. Those subject to self-quarantine are required to install the self health check app on their phone and report their symptoms on the app. The authorities will consider whether to begin requiring every inbound traveler from the U.S. to be tested if it becomes necessary in the future, based on whether the situation worsens in regards to COVID-19 transmission in the United States and the number of imported cases from the U.S.

 

The KCDC urged all inbound travelers to follow the precautionary measures, including not leaving home for 14 days, minimizing contact with other people, not going to work, washing hands, covering sneezes and coughs.

 

- Any person who suspect onset of 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, and disclose their international travel history to the healthcare professionals.

 

- The KCDC also advised employers to ensure that employees returning from international business trips will not return to their office for the first 2 weeks upon their return. In particular, employers should especially ensure that employees working at publicly used venues who have international travel history are required to work from home or take a short leave.

 

The KCDC, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and Ministry of Science and ICT begin the official launch of “COVID-19 Epidemiological Investigation Support System”, which is a system to automate epidemiological investigation in accordance with the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act.

 

In light of the continued emergence of outbreaks in various venues such as religious facilities and workplaces, the KCDC urged everyone to participate in enhanced social distancing campaign for 15 days (22 March 5 April). Citizens are advised to stay home as much as possible other than for going to work, visiting a healthcare provider, and purchasing necessities. Working citizens are asked to maintain a distance from other people during lunch breaks, refrain from using break rooms and other social venues, and pay closer attention to maintaining personal hygiene (e.g. washing hands).

 

- Employers are advised to implement various methods of minimizing person-to-person contact for employees, such as reorganizing workspaces to ensure greater distancing and implementing work-from-home and flexible hours systems. Those who show symptoms should be advised not to show up at work. Workers who develop symptoms mid-day should be sent home immediately. The government has also limited the operation of high-risk facilities including religious facilities, some indoor fitness facilities, and nightlife venues. Venues that remain in operation must strictly comply with infection prevention guidelines (e.g. disinfecting, ventilation, distancing, mask wearing) set by the authorities.



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


Region

Confirmed cases

Other major clusters

Total

Imported cases

Clusters

Other*

New cases

Sub-

total

Shin-

cheonji

Small clusters

Contacts of confirmed cases

Imported cases

Seoul

360

68

266

7

197

37

25

26

13

Guro-gu call center (96), Dongan Church-PC Cafe (20), etc.

Busan

112

2

76

11

49

16

0

34

0

Onchun Church (32), Suyeong-gu Kindergarten (5), etc.

Daegu

6,482

2

5,463

4,391

347

725

0

1,017

26

Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (101), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (78), KimSin Recuperation Hospital (32), Daegu Fatima Hospital (19), etc.

Incheon

43

7

34

2

27

3

2

2

1

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

19

4

14

9

0

2

3

1

0

 

Daejeon

30

1

18

2

10

6

0

11

6

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

37

6

24

16

1

4

3

7

0

 

Sejong

44

0

42

1

38

3

0

2

0

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

Gyeonggi

401

47

309

29

210

57

13

45

14

Grace River Church in Seongnam (68), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (44), etc.

Gangwon

31

2

22

17

5

0

0

7

0

Apartments in Wonju City (3), etc.

Chung-
buk

39

0

26

6

11

9

0

13

1

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

124

5

112

0

112

0

0

7

1

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), research center in Seosan (8), etc.

Jeon-

buk

10

3

1

1

0

0

0

6

0

 

Jeon-
nam

8

1

4

1

0

2

1

3

0

 

Gyeong-
buk

1274

1

1,115

554

388

172

1

158

12

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seorin Nursing Home (36), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

90

2

72

32

35

5

0

16

0

Geochang Church (10), Geochang Woongyang-myeon (8), etc.

Jeju

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

 

Airport

131

131

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

 

Total

9241

284

7,598

5,079

1,430

1,041

48

1,359

104

 

(3.1%)

(82.2%)

(55.0%)

(15.5%)

(11.3%)

(0.5%)

(14.7%)

* 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.



Case distribution data:


[Table 3. Confirmed cases by region]


 

Total

City

Seoul

Busan

Daegu

Incheon

Gwangju

Daejeon

Ulsan

Sejong

Isolated

4,966

280

35

3,349

32

8

24

17

36

Discharged

4,144

80

75

3,039

11

11

6

20

8

Deceased

131


0

2

94

0



0



0



0



0


Subtotal

9,241

360


112


6,482


43


19


30

37


44


(Change)

(104)

(13)

-

(26)

(1)

-

(6)

-

-

 

Province

Other

Gyeonggi

Gangwon

Chung-buk

Chung-

nam

Jeon-

buk

Jeon-

nam

Gyeong-

buk

Gyeong-nam

Jeju

Airport screening

Isolated

275

12

25

56

3

5

643

33

2

131


Discharged

122

18

14

68

7

3

601

57

4

0

Deceased

4

1

0


0


0


0


30

0

0

0


Subtotal

401


31


39

124

10


8


1,274


90


6

131


(Change)

(14)

-

(1)

(1)

-

-

(12)

-

-

(30)



 

[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

360

(3.90)

3.70

Gyeonggi

401

(4.34)

3.03

Busan

112

(1.21)

3.28

Gangwon

31

(0.34)

2.01

Daegu

6,482

(70.14)

266.04

Chungbuk

39

(0.42)

2.44

Incheon

43

(0.47)

1.45

Chungnam

124

(1.34)

5.84

Gwangju

19

(0.21)

1.30

Jeonbuk

10

(0.11)

0.55

Daejeon

30

(0.32)

2.04

Jeonnam

8

(0.09)

0.43

Ulsan

37

(0.40)

3.23

Gyeongbuk

1274

(13.79)

47.85

Sejong

44

(0.48)

12.85

Gyeongnam

90

(0.97)

2.68

Airport Screening

131

(1.42)

-

Jeju

6

(0.06)

0.89

 

 

 

 

Total

9,241

(100)

17.82

 



[Figures 1-4. Daily case trends by region]


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


 

Confirmed Cases

(%)

Deaths

(%)

Fatality rate (%)

Total

9,241

(100)

131

(100)

1.42

Sex

Male

3,598

(38.94)

68

(51.91)

1.89

Female

5,643

(61.06)

63

(48.09)

1.12

Age

80 and above

416

(4.50)

58

(44.27)

13.94

70-79

616

(6.67)

41

(31.30)

6.66


60-69

1,162

(12.57)

20

(15.27)

1.72


50-59

1,738

(18.81)

10

(7.63)

0.58


40-49

1,252

(13.55)

1

(0.76)

0.08


30-39

955

(10.33)

1

(0.76)

0.10


20-29

2,508

(27.14)

0

(0.00)

-

10-19

488

(5.28)

0

(0.00)

-

0-9

106

(1.15)

0

(0.00)

-

 



[Figures 5-6. Case distribution by gender and age group]


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[Figure 7. Weekly trend of imported cases]


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