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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 08 May
  • Date2020-05-08 20:25
  • Update2020-05-08 20:27
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

08 May, 2020



As of 0:00, 8 May 2020, a total of 10,822 cases (including 1,118 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 9,484 cases (87.6%) have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 12 in total.

 

[Table 1. Total reported/tested cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive (PCR)

Awaiting

test result

Tested negative

(PCR)

Confirmed

Discharged from isolation

Under isolation

Deceased

As of 0:00

7 May (Thurs)

649,388

10,810

9,419

1,135

256

8,429

630,149

As of 0:00

8 May (Fri)

654,863

10,822

9,484

1,082

256

8,867

635,174

Difference

(+)5,475

(+)12

(+)65

(-)53

0

(+)438

(+)5,025

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 8 May 2020)]

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

11

0

8

0

3

0

0

3

8

9

2

Total

1,118

19

151

462

482

3

1

470

648

1,010

108

(1.7%)

(13.5%)

(41.3%)

(43.1%)

(0.3%)

(0.1%)

(42.0%)

(58.0%)

(90.3%)

(9.7%)

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

 


In relation to the case confirmed on 6 May from Yongin City, Gyeonggi Province, other than the 1 contact confirmed on 7 May, more additional cases (1 co-worker, 12 from Itaewon) have been confirmed. In total, 15 cases have been confirmed to date. Public health authorities are working on identifying additional potential contacts that visited the restaurants, accommodations, night clubs, and other venues visited by the confirmed case and conducting epidemiological investigation to find the source of infection.

(The figures on Tables 1 and 3 are based on cases reported to KCDC before 0:00 of 7 May and may differ from above.)

 

KCDC noted that anyone who visited KING CLUB (0:00-3:30), TRUNK (01:00-01:40), or QUEEN (3:30-3:50) in Itaewon District (in Yongsan-gu, Seoul) on 2 May around the time period above are likely to have been exposed to the virus. KCDC asked people who visited these venues at above times to:

 (1) Stay home.

 (2) Contact a local public health center or dial 1339 (KCDC call center) to report your history of visit to the above venues and follow the instructions of the public health center.

 (3) If having fever or respiratory symptoms, visit a screening clinic to get tested, wearing a facemask and using a personal car.

  

KCDC mentioned that people who visited any nightlife venue (such as clubs and bars) in Itaewon District on 2 May during 0:00 4:00 a.m. should also observe their symptoms carefully and get tested if they develop suspected symptoms.

 

KCDC asked people to refrain from using publicly used indoor venues such as nightlife venues and urged those who do visit such venues to wear a facemask, minimize time spent, sit far apart from other people, cooperate with body temperature and symptom checks at the entrance, and carefully follow any other infections prevention measures.


 

To strengthen COVID-19 surveillance system, KCDC is planning to increase the number of tertiary hospitals under monitoring for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) surveillance system from 13 to 42 starting 9 May.

 - (COVID-19 testing is already in operation since 28 February)

 - On 3 May, COVID-19 was added to Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) surveillance for outpatients and inpatients at 214 hospital-grade medical institutions.

 - Pathogens for surveillance: 12 species of virus and bacteria 13 species including SARS-CoV-2


 

KCDC reminded and urged everyone to actively participate in the “Distancing in Daily Life” campaign, intended to help people pursue their everyday life and infectious disease prevention at the same time, especially during the weekend.

 - “5 Basic Infection Prevention Rules for Everyone”:

 (1) Stay home for 3-4 days if you get sick.

 (2) Keep a distance of two arms’ length between you and other people.

 (3) Wash your hands for 30 seconds. Cough/sneeze into your sleeve.

 (4) Ventilate your space at least twice a day and disinfect regularly.

 (5) Keep in touch with family and friends even while maintaining physical distancing.

 

KCDC recommends religious communities to utilize non-face-to-face methods of gathering such as online streaming. Religious communities that meet host gatherings on sight need to check people for elevated temperature, maintain distance between people, have people wear facemasks, and refrain from providing meals to eat together or activities that cause respiratory droplets to disperse such as singing or shouting.

 

The elderly (65 y/o or older) and other high-risk groups should also:

 (1) Remember to take medications for existing chronic illnesses.

 (2) Stay home.

 (3) Call public health center and visit screening clinic when sick.

 (4) Stay away from any enclosed/crowded space that makes it difficult to keep 2 meters of distance from other people.

 (5) Stay in touch with loved ones on a regular basis.

 

For Parents’ Day (8 May), KCDC advised people to refrain from visiting older parents in nursing homes or convalescent hospitals since they can be highly vulnerable to infection.

 

KCDC reminded the public to stay home and not go to work if having fever or respiratory symptoms and to call the KCDC call center (1339 or area code + 120) or contact a local public health center if having prolonging fever over 38 degrees or aggravating respiratory symptoms.


 


[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

Other clusters

Contacts of confirmed cases

Imported cases

Seoul

637

257

357

8

264

16

69

23

0

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

Busan

140

27

84

12

53

18

1

29

2

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

Daegu

6,859

24

6,115

4,510

678

923

4

720

3

Second Mi-Ju Hospital (196), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (128), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (100), Fatima Hospital (37), etc.

Incheon

97

45

48

2

34

5

7

4

0

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

0

 

Daejeon

41

11

21

2

11

8

0

9

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

44

13

24

16

2

3

3

7

0

 

Sejong

46

3

42

1

38

3

0

1

0

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

Gyeonggi

684

169

471

29

327

53

62

44

2

Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (50), etc.

Gangwon

53

14

32

17

15

0

0

7

0

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

Chung-
buk

47

7

32

6

18

6

2

8

1

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

143

13

120

0

118

1

1

10

0

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

Jeonbuk

19

10

4

1

3

0

0

5

1

 

Jeonnam

16

8

5

1

1

2

1

3

0

 

Gyeong-
buk

1,366

11

1,224

566

468

190

0

131

0

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), Yecheon-gun (41), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

117

14

85

32

46

6

1

18

0

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

Jeju

13

8

1

0

0

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

470

470

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

Total

10,822

1,118

8,681

5,212

2,076

1,235

158

1,023

12

 

( % )

(10.3)

(80.2)

(48.2)

(19.2)

(11.4)

(1.5)

* 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: Daily confirmed cases by chain of transmission]

TOTAL

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Seoul

City

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Gyeonggi

Province

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Daegu

City

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Gyeongbuk

Province

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[Table 4: Age distribution of severe cases]

Age group

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

24

5

(

100.0

)

19

(

100.0

)

80 or above

8

2

(

40.0

)

6

(

31.6

)

70-79

10

2

(

40.0

)

8

(

42.1

)

60-69

3

1

(

20.0

)

2

(

10.5

)

50-59

1

0

(

0.0

)

1

(

5.3

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

10.5

)

30-39

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

20-29

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

10-19

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

0-9

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)



[Table 5: Cases tested positive after discharge]

 

Total

(

%

)

Total

369

(

100.0

)

80 or above

30

(

8.1

)

70-79

23

(

6.2

)

60-69

39

(

10.6

)

50-59

63

(

17.1

)

40-49

50

(

13.6

)

30-39

49

(

13.3

)

20-29

90

(

24.4

)

10-19

18

(

4.9

)

0-9

7

(

1.9

)

 

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


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