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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 17 April
  • Date2020-04-17 19:16
  • Update2020-04-17 19:21
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


17 April 2020


 

As of 0:00, 17 April 2020, a total of 10,635 cases (including 983 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 7,829 cases (73.6%) have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 22 in total.

 

[Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged from isolation

Under isolation

Deceased

As of 0:00

16 April (Thurs)

538,775

10,613

7,757

2,627

229

14,268

513,894

As of 0:00

17 April (Fri)

546,463

10,635

7,829

2,576

230

14,186

521,642

Difference

(+)7,688

(+)22

(+)72

(-)51

(+)1

(-)82

(+)7,748

 


[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 17 April 2020)]


 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

14

0

3

1

10

0

0

11

3

13

1

Total

983

16

107

434

422

3

1

408

575

901

82

(1.6%)

(10.9%)

(44.2%)

(42.9%)

(0.3%)

(0.1%)

(41.5%)

(58.5%)

(91.7%)

(8.3%)

 

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



Epidemiological links have been found for 81.2% of the total cases; 9.6% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 3.

 

From Hanseong Internal Medicine Clinic in Gyeonggi Province, 1 case (a dialysis outpatient of the clinic) was confirmed on 11 April. Upon contact investigation, 5 additional cases were confirmed. Further epidemiological investigation is underway. In total, 6 cases (patients = 2; staff/worker = 1; family/guardians/other contacts = 3) have been confirmed.

 

From Yecheon-gun, Gyeongbuk Province, 3 additional cases were confirmed during contact investigation. In total, 34 cases (including 2 in Andong City and 1 in Mungyeong City) have been confirmed since 9 April.

(The figures in Table 3 are based on cases reported to KCDC before 0:00 of 17 April and may differ from above.)

 

As of 17 April, of the 7,829 cases that have been discharged from isolation, 163 (2.1% of 7,829) have tested positive again after being discharged from isolation (referred to as “retested-positive cases” below).

On average, it took 13.5 days (min 1 day; max 35 days) between discharge from isolation and retesting positive.

Of the 137 retested-positive cases with reported clinical and epidemiological information, 61(43.9%) cases were symptomatic. All of the 61 symptomatic cases had mild symptoms.

Of the 294 contacts of the retested-positive cases, 38 have finished 14-day monitoring period and 256 are under monitoring. As of date, no secondary infection has been reported. Among contacts, 13 confirmed cases (family members living together) have been reported, all of whom are cases that retested positive and not new cases.

For viral infectivity assessment, 28 samples of retested-positive cases were collected. Of the 6 initial samples, no virus was cultured. The other 22 are undergoing viral culture test.

KCDC prepared and distributed a response plan for retested-positive cases on 14 April. Based on findings from contact tracing and management and viral culture tests to find the causes and transmissibility, KCDC will adjust its response accordingly.

The response plan includes 14-day home quarantine recommendation and monitoring of symptoms for cases upon discharge from isolation. In general, retested-positive cases will be handled in the same way as first-time confirmed cases in areas such as contact investigation, admission to treatment facilities, discharge from isolation.

 

Although the number of confirmed cases has seen a decline recently, there is still a risk that infection may spread rapidly if close contacts occur because people who are unaware that they are infected visit enclosed environment (such as PC cafe, public baths/sauna, bars), as is the case of the Yecheon-gun cluster. KCDC urged everyone to continue to follow social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines during the weekend.

KCDC stressed that reducing contact with other people as much as possible, washing hands thoroughly, 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.

People who cannot avoid visiting an enclosed/crowded place should keep at least 2 meters of distance from other people, wear a facemask, and maintain hand hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitizers.

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. 

 

 

 

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

621

241

357

8

262

18

69

23

2

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

Busan

130

20

81

12

50

18

1

29

0

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

Daegu

6,827

16

6,092

4,509

657

922

4

719

0

Second Mi-Ju Hospital (193), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (127), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (100), Fatima Hospital (36), etc.

Incheon

89

37

48

2

34

5

7

4

1

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

2

 

Daejeon

40

9

21

2

11

8

0

10

1

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

42

11

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

650

150

459

29

314

55

61

41

1

Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (47), etc.

Gangwon

52

13

32

17

15

0

0

7

0

Apartments in Wonju City (3), Euijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (10), 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

1,356

9

1,213

566

455

191

1

134

4

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), Yechun-gun (34), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

115

14

84

32

45

6

1

17

0

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

Jeju

13

8

1

0

0

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

408

408

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

 

Total

10,635

983

8,633

5,211

2,024

1,240

158

1,019

22

 

(9.2)

(81.2)

(49.0)

(19.0)

(11.7)

(1.5)

(9.6)

* 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: 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

61

23

(

100.0

)

38

(

100.0

)

80 and above

9

3

(

13.0

)

6

(

15.8

)

70-79

31

13

(

56.5

)

18

(

47.4

)

60-69

13

4

(

17.4

)

9

(

23.7

)

50-59

4

1

(

4.3

)

3

(

7.9

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

5.3

)

30-39

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

20-29

2

2

(

8.7

)

0

(

0.0

)

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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[Table 5: Distribution of cases that retested positive] 


 

n

(%)

Total (as of 0:00 of 17 April)

163

(100.0%)

Sex

Male

54

(33.1%)

Female

109

(66.9%)

Age group

80 and above

15

(9.2%)

70-79

6

(3.7%)

60-69

18

(11.0%)

50-59

32

(19.6%)

40-49

19

(11.7%)

30-39

24

(14.7%)

20-29

38

(23.3%)

10-19

6

(3.7%)

10 and below

5

(3.1%)

Location reported

Seoul

7

(4.3%)

Daegu

67

(41.1%)

Incheon

1

(0.6%)

Daejeon

1

(0.6%)

Ulsan

2

(1.2%)

Sejong

5

(3.1%)

Gyeonggi

13

(8.0%)

Gangwon

3

(1.8%)

Chungbuk

2

(1.2%)

Chungnam

3

(1.8%)

Gyeongbuk

54

(33.1%)

Gyeongnam

3

(1.8%)

Jeju

1

(0.6%)

Point of Entry

1

(0.6%)

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