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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 13 April
  • Date2020-04-13 19:34
  • Update2020-04-13 19:37
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


13 April 2020


 

As of 0:00, 13 April 2020, a total of 10,537 cases (including 929 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 7,447 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 25 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

12 April (Sun)

514,621

10,512

7,368

2,930

214

13,788

490,321

As of 0:00

13 April (Mon)

518,743

10,537

7,447

2,873

217

13,391

494,815

Difference

(+)4,122

(+)25

(+)79

(-)57

(+)3

(-)397

(+)4,494


 


[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 13 April 2020)]


 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

America

Africa

Airport

Community

Korean

Other

New

16

0

1

3

12

0

6

10

13

3

Total

929

16

100

421

389

3

376

536

835

78

(1.7%)

(10.8%)

(45.3%)

(41.9%)

(0.3%)

(41.1%)

(58.9%)

(91.6%)

(8.4%)

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

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 81.5% of the total cases; 9.7% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.

 

From Second Mi-Ju Hospital in Daegu City, 1 additional case (patient) was confirmed from the testing of all 137 persons (patients and staff/workers) under cohort isolation. In total, 191 cases (patients = 177; staff/workers = 14) have been confirmed since 26 March.

 

From Euijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 3 additional cases (patient = 1; family/guardian of patient = 1; other contact = 1) were confirmed. In total, 62 cases (patients = 22; staff/workers = 16; family/guardians/other contacts = 24) have been confirmed since 29 March.

 

From Yecheon-gun, Gyeongbuk Province, 3 additional cases were confirmed during investigation of contacts. In total, 14 cases have been confirmed since 9 April.

(The figures in Table 2 are based on cases reported to KCDC before 0:00 of 13 April and may differ from above.)

 

In light of the continued emergence of imported cases and transmission from imported cases, KCDC urged all inbound travelers who boarded from overseas to comply with home quarantine guidelines.

Persons under home quarantine (self-quarantine) are required to follow the quarantine guidelines provided. They must not share their utensils, towels and other personal belongings with their family, roommates, or cohabitants and refrain from coming in contact with family members, roommates, or cohabitants.

Family members, roommates, or cohabitants must not share their personal items with the person under quarantine. They should also frequently wipe and clean all frequently touched surfaces and avoid coming in contact with the person under quarantine as much as possible.

 

Although the number of confirmed cases has seen a decline recently, there is still a risk of large-scale outbreak from close contact in enclosed environment if social distancing is loosened.

KCDC noted that a large-scale outbreak may cause collapse of the healthcare system and cause the number of deaths in high-risk groups to increase at any time and urged people to continue to follow social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.

Many people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or have symptoms so mild that they may not even realize that they are infected, even though the disease is highly contagious in early stages of infection. Therefore, it is highly important that all citizens continue to carefully follow the call to actions (provided below).

KCDC stressed that reducing contact with other people as much as possible, washing hands thoroughly, wearing masks when visiting an enclosed/crowded place, and if having suspected symptoms, refraining from going to work or leaving home and going to a screening clinic to get tested are the most important and effective measures against COVID-19.

 

KCDC urged young people to avoid enclosed spaces such as nightclubs, bars, and cafes and to refrain from social gatherings that may involve coming in close contact with other people.

 

KCDC noted the possibility that more transmission may have occurred during last weekend due to increased contact between people from early voting and Easter celebrations. Therefore, early detection of infected persons this week is important. KCDC asked healthcare workers to help detect patients at early stages by aggressively testing persons who are suspected to be infected with COVID-19.

  

 

 

 

Call to actions for 15 April 2020 General Election voters

 

 

Do not bring young children to polling places if possible.

Before visiting a polling place, wash your hands with soap thoroughly under running water for at least 30 seconds.

 

Wear a face mask when visiting a polling place.

 

Before entering the polling place/station, get checked for fever, disinfect your hands, and put on disposable gloves.

Keep a distance of at least 1 meter between yourself and other voters.

Refrain from all non-essential conversations in or around polling places.

If you have fever or respiratory symptoms, go to a separate, temporary location to cast your vote and then visit a public health center.

When you return home, wash your hands with soap thoroughly under running water for at least 30 seconds.

 

 

 

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

610

233

355

8

262

18

67

22

8

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

Busan

126

16

81

12

50

18

1

29

0

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

Daegu

6,819

14

6,088

4,508

653

923

4

717

3

Second Mi-Ju Hospital (191), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (126), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (98), Fatima Hospital (36), etc.

Incheon

87

36

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

631

143

442

29

302

58

53

46

3

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), Euijeongbu 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

10

120

0

118

1

1

9

0

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

1,337

9

1,194

566

436

191

1

134

4

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

382

382

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

 

Total

10,537

929

8,588

5,210

1987

1,244

147

1,020

25

 

(8.8)

(81.5)

(49.4)

(18.9)

(11.8)

(1.4)

(9.7)

* 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.



[Figure 1: Distribution of confirmed cases based on location reported]

 

* Refer to attachment 


 


[Table 4: Age distribution of severe cases]


Age group

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

66

20

(

100.0

)

46

(

100.0

)

80 and above

14

6

(

30.0

)

8

(

17.4

)

70-79

25

6

(

30.0

)

19

(

41.3

)

60-69

16

4

(

20.0

)

12

(

26.1

)

50-59

6

3

(

15.0

)

3

(

6.5

)

40-49

3

0

(

0.0

)

3

(

6.5

)

30-39

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

20-29

2

1

(

5.0

)

1

(

2.2

)

10-19

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

0-9

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

 

 

 

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

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