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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 15 May
  • Date2020-05-15 18:25
  • Update2020-05-15 18:30
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


15 May 2020




As of 0:00, 15 May 2020, a total of 11,018 cases (including 1,150 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 9,821 cases (89.1%) have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 27 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

14 May (Thurs)

711,484

10,991

9,762

969

260

20,722

679,771

As of 0:00

15 May (Fri)

726,747

11,018

9,821

937

260

19,875

695,854

Difference

(+)15,263

(+)27

(+)59

(-)32

0

(-)847

(+)16,083

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 15 May 2020)]

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

5

0

3

1

1

0

0

1

4

2

3

Total

1,150

19

165

465

492

8

1

482

668

1,033

117

(1.7%)

(14.3%)

(40.4%)

(42.8%)

(0.7%)

(0.1%)

(41.9%)

(58.1%)

(89.8%)

(10.2%)



Of the 27 new cases, 5 were imported cases and 22 were locally transmitted cases.

  - 17 of the locally transmitted cases are related to the nightclub cluster.

   > 7 are visitors to nightclubs/etc; 10 are contacts.

  - 1 local case is related to a social gathering in Hongdae (in Mapo-gu, Seoul).

   > Further investigation on the chain of transmission is underway.

  - 3 local case is a contact of previous confirmed case.

  - 1 local case is from Seoul City.

   > Further investigation on the chain of transmission is underway.

 

5 additional confirmed cases have been reported between 0:00 and 12:00 today, bringing the total related to the cluster to 153. Contact investigation and infection control measures are underway.

  - By region: Seoul City=87, Gyeonggi Province=26, Incheon City=22, Chungbuk Province=9, Busan City=4, Chungnam Province=1, Jeonbuk Province=1, Gyeongnam Province=1, Gangwon Province=1, Jeju Province=1

  - By chain of transmission: Club visitors=90; Contacts (family/acquaintance/coworkers/etc)=63

  - By age group: [0-18]=15; [19-29]=93; [30-39]=27; [40-49]=8; [50-59]=5; [60+]=5

  - Male=127; Female=26

 

 

KCDC asked anyone who visited any of the nightlife entertainment venues in Itaewon area including any clubs or bars from 24 April to 6 May to:

- (1) Stay home and refrain from going to other places.

- (2) Contact a local public health center or dial 1339 (KCDC call center).

- (3) Visit a screening clinic and get tested, regardless of symptoms.

 

KCDC also emphasized that persons who work in education, places of worship, indoor sports/gym facilities, or other places that are used by many people should especially report to public health center if they have been exposed to above venues since their work environment creates a high risk of transmission.

 

Even if test result is negative, it is still possible for the person to have been infected but in the 14-day incubation period before the virus activates. Therefore, those who have been instructed to self-quarantine should strictly follow the self-quarantine protocol. Persons who are not subject to self-quarantine should still minimize contact with other people. They should carefully practice personal hygiene measures including mask wearing and hand washing, and get retested immediately if symptoms appear later.

 

In light of the recent rise in local transmission from club cluster cases to others in bars, karaoke rooms, after-school private academies, KCDC urged people to refrain from social gathering or visiting any enclosed/confined/crowded spaces that are frequented by many people.

  - People who cannot avoid visiting an enclosed/crowded space for an essential reason should carefully follow personal hygiene measures including keeping 2 meters of distance from other people, wearing a facemask, avoiding handshakes, washing hands, and not touching eyes, nose, or mouth with their hands.

  - Persons belonging to high-risk groups (including elderly, pregnant women, persons with chronic illness) should especially avoid any poorly ventilated enclosed space frequented by many people. If such a situation cannot be avoided for an essential reason, it is highly important to wear a facemask.

 

Religious communities should also be careful during the weekend since they can become exposed to a large number of people during weekend. Non-face-to-face, contactless methods of gathering are recommended.

  - Religious facilities hosting on-site worship gathering must check everyone for fever, maintain distance between participants, require mask wearing, and refrain from providing mass meals or encouraging any activity that cause respiratory droplets to travel (such as singing, chanting, shouting).

 

Anyone who has come in close contact with a large number of unspecified persons in an enclosed/confined space such as clubs or bars need to be tested at a screening clinic through public health center or 1339 call center.

 

“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.




[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

725

260

441

8

348

16

69

24

14

Itaewon clubs (83), Guro-gu call center (98), Dong-an Church-PC Cafe (20), Manmin Central Church (41), etc.

Busan

144

27

88

12

57

18

1

29

0

Itaewon clubs (4), Onchun Church (39), Suyeong-gu Kindergarten (5), etc.

Daegu

6,868

25

6,119

4,510

678

927

4

724

3

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

Incheon

124

47

71

2

56

6

7

6

5

Itaewon clubs (22), Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

0

 

Daejeon

43

13

21

2

11

8

0

9

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

45

14

24

16

2

3

3

7

0

 

Sejong

47

4

42

1

38

3

0

1

0

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

Gyeonggi

717

173

499

29

356

52

62

45

3

Itaewon clubs (26), Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (50), etc.

Gangwon

55

15

33

17

16

0

0

7

0

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

Chung-
buk

55

7

40

6

26

6

2

8

0

Itaewon clubs (8), Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

144

13

121

0

119

1

1

10

0

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

Jeonbuk

20

10

5

1

4

0

0

5

0

 

Jeonnam

18

10

5

1

1

2

1

3

1

 

Gyeong-
buk

1,368

13

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

119

15

86

32

47

6

1

18

0

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

Jeju

14

8

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

482

482

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

Total

11,018

1,150

8,837

5,212

2,228

1,239

158

1,031

27

 

( % )

(10.4)

(80.2)

(47.4)

(20.1)

(11.2)

(1.4)

(9.4)

* 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

22

6

(

100.0

)

16

(

100.0

)

80 or above

8

2

(

33.3

)

6

(

37.5

)

70-79

7

2

(

33.3

)

5

(

31.3

)

60-69

4

1

(

16.7

)

3

(

18.8

)

50-59

1

1

(

16.7

)

0

(

0.0

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

12.5

)

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

447

(

100.0

)

80 or above

32

(

7.2

)

70-79

26

(

5.8

)

60-69

42

(

9.4

)

50-59

71

(

15.9

)

40-49

57

(

12.8

)

30-39

54

(

12.1

)

20-29

97

(

21.7

)

10-19

54

(

12.1

)

0-9

14

(

3.1

)

 


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

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