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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 12 April
  • Date2020-04-12 15:31
  • Update2020-04-12 15:34
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

12 April, 2020



As of 0:00, 12 April 2020, a total of 10,512 cases (including 912 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 7,368 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 32 in total.

 

[Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]


Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive (PCR)

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged

Isolated

Deceased

As of 0:00

11 April (Sat)

510,479

10,480

7,243

3,026

211

14,070

485,929

As of 0:00

12 April (Sun)

514,621

10,512

7,368

2,930

214

13,788

490,321

Difference

(+)4,142

(+)32

(+)125

(-)96

(+)3

(-)282

(+)4,392

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 81.6% of the total cases; 9.8% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.

 

The chain of transmission of new cases confirmed for the last 2 weeks is as indicated in Figure 1: importation(49.4%), importation related(7.1%), hospitals or nursing homes(27.2%%), other clusters(8.8%), contact of confirmed cases(3.6%), and cases under investigation(3.2%).

 

- Out of 24 imported cases identified yesterday, 18 were from Americas, 4 from Europe, and 2 from other areas, as shown in Table 2.

 

- From Fatima Hospital in Daegu, one discharged patient (non-COVID-19 patient) was confirmed positive while in home-quarantine. Contact tracing is underway.

 

- From Yecheon-Gun, Gyeongbuk Province, 3 more cases were confirmed through contact tracing. The current total of confirmed cases since 9 April is therefore 11 cases. Epidemiological investigation is on-going.

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 10 April 2020)]


 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

America

Africa

Airport

Community

Korean

Other

New

24

0

2

4

18

0

18

6

20

4

Total

912

16

98

418

377

3

376

536

835

77

(1.8%)

(10.7%)

(45.8%)

(41.3%)

(0.3%)

(41.2%)

(58.8%)

(91.6%)

(8.4%)

* Figures may change based on findings from ongoing local epidemiological investigation efforts.

 

KCDC decided to strengthen the entry procedure for incoming travellers(Korean national and foreigners for long-term stay) from the US, taking into account that the number of imported cases from the US has increased. As a result, as of 13 April, the incoming travellers from the US must get tested within three days of self-quarantine upon arrival. KCDC also asked the people in self-quarantine for strict adherence to the quarantine guideline.

 

Although the number of newly confirmed cases has decreased, a risk of large outbreak still remains if social distancing is loosened. If large outbreak occurs, health system could be destructed and fatal cases could soared from high-risk group. Since COVID-19 often causes very light symptoms or no symptoms at all, individuals may not be able to know that they are infected. Furthermore, the transmissibility of COVID-19 is very high even from the early stage of infection. Therefore, it is critical for the public to comply with the guidelines for infection prevention and control.

 

 

Call to actions for all citizens

 

 

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 3: 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

602

225

350

8

258

19

65

27

3

Guro-gu call center (98), Dong-an Church-PC Cafe (20), Manmin Central Church (41), etc.

Busan

126

15

81

12

50

18

1

30

0

Onchun Church (39), Suyeong-gu Kindergarten (5), etc.

Daegu

6,816

14

6,085

4,508

651

922

4

717

2

Second Mi-Ju Hospital (190), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (126), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (98), Fatima Hospital (36), etc.

Incheon

86

35

47

2

34

5

6

4

1

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

27

11

16

9

0

1

6

0

0


Daejeon

39

9

21

2

11

8

0

9

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

41

10

24

16

1

4

3

7

0


Sejong

46

3

42

1

38

3

0

1

0

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

Gyeonggi

628

143

440

29

302

58

51

45

4

Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (42), etc.

Gangwon

49

12

30

17

13

0

0

7

0

Apartments in Wonju City (3), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (8), etc.

Chung-
buk

45

5

32

6

18

6

2

8

0

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

139

9

120

0

118

1

1

10

1

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), research center in Seosan (9), etc.

Jeonbuk

17

8

4

1

3

0

0

5

0


Jeonnam

15

7

7

1

3

2

1

1

0

Manmin Central Church (2)

Gyeong-
buk

1,333

9

1,190

566

432

191

1

134

3

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (65), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

115

14

84

32

45

6

1

17

0

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

Jeju

12

7

1

0

0

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

376

376

0

0

0

0

0

0

18


Total

10,512

912

8,574

5,210

1,977

1,244

143

1,026

32


(8.7)

(81.6)

(49.6)

(18.8)

(11.8)

(1.4)

(9.8)

* 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.


[Table 4: Age distribution of severe cases]


Age group

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

67

20

(

100.0

)

47

(

100.0

)

80 and above

14

6

(

30.0

)

8

(

17.0

)

70-79

26

6

(

30.0

)

20

(

42.6

)

60-69

16

4

(

20.0

)

12

(

25.5

)

50-59

6

3

(

15.0

)

3

(

6.4

)

40-49

3

0

(

0.0

)

3

(

6.4

)

30-39

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

20-29

2

1

(

5.0

)

1

(

2.1

)

10-19

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

0-9

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

 


[Figure 1: New cases (for last 2 weeks) by chain of transmission]


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