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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 28 March
  • Date2020-03-28 16:51
  • Update2020-03-28 16:55
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


28 March 2020


As of 0:00, 28 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 9,478 (including 363 imported cases), of which 4,811 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 146 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

27 March (Fri.)

376,961


9,332

4,528

4,665

139

15,219

352,410

As of 0:00

28 March (Sat.)

387,925

9,478

4,811

4,523

144

16,564

361,883

Difference

+10,964

+146

+283

-142

+5

+1,345

+9,473

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 81.6% of the total cases; 14.6% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.

 

  - From Manmin Central Church in Guro-gu, Seoul, 7 cases (members = 4; contacts = 3) have been confirmed since 25 March and contacts are under investigation. From Hyosarang Nursing Home in Gyeonggi province, 3 additional cases (resident at the facilities= 2; Staff= 1) from cohort quarantine were confirmed. The current total is 20 confirmed cases (Residents= 15; staff= 5) since 19 March. From Second Mi-Ju hospital in Daegu, 13 additional cases were confirmed. In total 75 cases (inpatient = 74, staff =1) have been confirmed as of 28th March.

 

The KCDC urged all inbound travelers to follow the precautionary measures with emphasizing on continuous cases of inflows from Europe and others. There were 41 imported cases(from Europe= 25, from America = 11, from Asia =4) which are 28.1% out of 146 newly confirmed cases yesterday. 168 cases were confirmed in the airport screening within the last 2 week out of 363 imported cases in total.

  - Persons entering from Europe or the US should return home straight after arriving at the airport, refrain from using public transportation, travel in their own vehicle, and wear a face-mask during movement. Beginning 28 March, airport limousine bus or KTX train will be provided for inbound travelers who cannot access to their own vehicle.

 

  - During the self-quarantine period, the person under self-quarantine should not share their utensils, towels and other personal belongings with their family, refrain from coming in contact with family members, roommates, or cohabitants. (Self-quarantine guidelines are provided to those subject to self-quarantine.)

 

  - If they notice symptoms develop (fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath, etc.), they should contact the designated public official or use the self-quarantine app to notify their symptoms and go to a screening center to be tested.

 

  - Failure to comply with self-quarantine guidelines is punishable by imprisonment up to 1 year or a fine up to 10 million won.

 

Persons entering from places other than Europe or US are also advised to stay at home for 14 days and minimize contact with other people.

 

  - 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 Korean government is promoting the Enhanced Social Distancing campaign from 22 March to 5 April. The KCDC thanked Korean people for their active participation and support for the campaign which has allowed the authorities to continue their disease control efforts without a surge in local transmission.

 

  - It also urged people to refrain from religious gathering, going to indoor fitness or sports facilities, or other activities that make it easy to come in close contact with other people in an enclosed space during the weekend.



 

Call to actions for all citizens


① Cancel or postpone all non-essential gatherings, dining out, social events, and travel plans.

    * There have been numerous reports overseas of transmission by eating together. All meetings and

   events involving sharing a meal should especially be postponed or canceled.


If you have fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, or other respiratory symptoms, do

not go to work. Stay home and get sufficient rest.


Avoid leaving home except to purchase necessities, to get medical care, or to go to

work.


Avoid handshakes and other forms of physical contact. Keep a 2-meter distance from

each other.


Wash your hands, cover up your sneezes/coughs, and generally maintain strict personal

hygiene.



Disinfect and ventilate your space every day.



 

[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

390

83

272

7

201

34

30

35

18

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

Busan

114

4

76

11

49

16

0

34

1

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

Daegu

6,587

2

5,562

4,400

430

732

0

1,023

71

Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (109), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (90), KimSin Recuperation Hospital (32), Second Mi-Ju Hospital (60), etc.

Incheon

51

14

34

2

27

3

2

3

5

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

20

5

14

9

0

2

3

1

0

 

Daejeon

31

3

18

2

10

6

0

10

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

39

8

24

16

1

4

3

7

0

 

Sejong

44

0

42

1

38

3

0

2

0

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (30), gym facilities (8)

Gyeonggi

433

55

333

29

223

64

17

45

21

Grace River Church in Seongnam (68), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), etc.

Gangwon

32

3

22

17

5

0

0

7

1

Apartments in Wonju City (3), etc.

Chung-
buk

41

2

27

6

11

10

0

12

0

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

126

5

113

0

112

1

0

8

2

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

1,285

1

1,120

555

390

174

1

164

2

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

Gyeong-
nam

91

3

72

32

35

5

0

16

0

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

Jeju

8

3

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

 

Airport

168

168

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

 

Total

9,478

363

7,734

5,089

1,532

1,056

57

1,381

146

 

(3.8%)

(81.6%)

(53.7%)

(16.2%)

(11.1%)

(0.6%)

(14.6%)

* 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. Trend of confirmed cases in Korea]


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[Table 3. Case distribution and incidence rate by region]


Region

# of cases

(%)

Incidence rate (per 0.1M)

Region

# of cases

(%)

Incidence rate (per 0.1M)

Seoul

390

(4.11)

4.01

Gyeonggi

433

(4.57)

3.27

Busan

114

(1.20)

3.34

Gangwon

32

(0.34))

2.08

Daegu

6,587

(69.50)

270.35

Chungbuk

41

(0.43)

2.56

Incheon

51

(0.54)

1.73

Chungnam

126

(1.33)

5.94

Gwangju

20

(0.21)

1.37

Jeonbuk

10

(0.11)

0.55

Daejeon

31

(0.33)

2.10

Jeonnam

8

(0.08)

0.43

Ulsan

39

(0.41)

3.40

Gyeongbuk

1,285

(13.56)

48.26

Sejong

44

(0.46)

12.85

Gyeongnam

91

(0.96)

2.71

Airport Screening

168

(1.77)

-

Jeju

8

(0.08)

1.19

 

 

 

 

Total

9,478

(100)

18.28


 

[Figure 2. Case distribution and incidence rate by region]

 

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[Figure 3. Case distribution by region]



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[Table 4. Case distribution by gender and age group]


 

Confirmed Cases

(%)

Deaths

(%)

Fatality rate (%)

Total

9,478

(100)

144

(100)

1.52

Sex

Male

3,736

(39.42)

77

(53.47)

2.06

Female

5,742

(60.58)

67

(46.53)

1.17

Age

80 and above

432

(4.56)

70

(48.61)

16.20


70-79

632

(6.67)

41

(28.47)

6.49


60-69

1,201

(12.67)

21

(14.58)

1.75


50-59

1,780

(18.78)

10

(6.94)

0.56


40-49

1,278

(13.48)

1

(0.69)

0.08


30-39

978

(10.32)

1

(0.69)

0.10


20-29

2,567

(27.08)

0

(0.00)

-

10-19

501

(5.29)

0

(0.00)

-


0-9

109

(1.15)

0

(0.00)

-




[Figure 4. Case distribution by age and sex]


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[Figure 5. Weekly trend of imported cases]


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