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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 17 May
  • Date2020-05-17 15:39
  • Update2020-05-17 15:51
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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pdates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


17 May 2020



As of 0:00, 17 May 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 11,050 (including 1,167 imported cases), of which 9,888 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 13 in total.


[Table 1. Total reported/tested cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive (PCR)

Testing in progress

Tested negative (PCR)

Confirmed

Discharged from isolation

Under isolation

Deceased

As of 0:00

16 May (Sat)

740,645

11,037

9,851

924

262

18,343

711,265

As of 0:00

17 May (Sun)

747,653

11,050

9,888

900

262

17,660

718,943

Difference

(+)7,008

(+)13

(+)37

(-)24

0

(-)683

(+)7,678

 

 

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


 


Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

7

0

1

1

5

0

0

4

3

7

0

Total

1,167

19

172

467

500

8

1

494

673

1,041

126

(1.6%)

(14.7%)

(40.0%)

(42.8%)

(0.7%)

(0.1%)

(42.3%)

(57.7%)

(89.2%)

(10.8%)

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

 

Of the 13 new cases, 7 are imported cases and 6 are locally transmitted cases.

  - Out of the 6 locally transmitted cases, 5 are related to the nightclub cluster and 1 case is from Daegu.

   > 1 local case was confirmed after testing all the related personnel to employment project for seniors in Daegu. Further epidemiological investigation and measures to prevent further spread is ongoing.

   > All 5 new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases related to nightclubs.

 

2 additional confirmed cases have been reported between 0:00 and 12:00 today, bringing the total related to the nightclub cluster to 168.

  - By region: Seoul City=93, Gyeonggi Province=33, Incheon City=23, 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=89; Contacts (family/acquaintance/coworkers/etc)=79

  - By age group: [0-18]=17; [19-29]=102; [30-39]=27; [40-49]=11; [50-59]=6; [60+]=5

  - Male=136; Female=32

 

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 for those who work in education, places of worship, indoor sports/gym facilities, or other places that are used by many people should especially report to the public health center if they have been to nightlife entertainment venues in Itaewon area 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 others. They should carefully practice personal hygiene measures including mask wearing and hand washing, and get retested immediately if symptoms later appear.

 

From 18 May, KCDC and the Ministry of Defense will test all the trainees who will join the military, to prevent infection within the military and to evaluate the risk of community infection.

  - It will be done by a pooled test method(ratio of 1:5) for 8 weeks, testing 6,300 people per week.

 

As the weather is getting warmer and people tend not to wear face masks properly, KCDC emphasized the importance of proper mask wearing for it to be effective on preventing infection.

  - The face mask should be adjusted to fit to your face, covering both your nose and mouth. You should wash your hands before wearing a face mask to prevent contamination.

  - When wearing, you should not touch your mask as much as possible to limit the contamination through hands.

  - When removing, you should take it off without touching the front of the mask. If you place tissues or other things inside of your mask, it will be less effective as there may be some gaps created and between the face and the mask.

  - Strict hand washing is needed even if you wear a mask, since you can get infected when you touch your eyes/nose/mouth with contaminated hands.

 

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.

  * New cases In the last 2 weeks by chain of transmission (0:00 3 May 0:00 17 May, 257 reported cases): imported cases 76(29.6%), local clusters 165(64.2%), under investigation 10(3.9%), and etc.

 

  - 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.

 

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.

  - KCDC urged people to visit a screening clinic and get tested especially if two or more persons within a household or social group develop COVID-19 suspected symptoms.

 

“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 while maintaining physical distancing.

 


[Table 3: Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the confirmed cases]


Region

Confirmed cases

Other major clusters

Total

Importedcases

Clusters

Other*

New cases

Sub-

total

Shin-

cheonji

Other clusters

Contacts of confirmed cases

Imported cases

Seoul

735

261

450

8

357

16

69

24

5

Itaewon clubs (93) 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

6,870

25

6,120

4,510

678

928

4

725

1

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

Incheon

124

47

72

2

57

6

7

5

0

Itaewon clubs (23), Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

0

 

Daejeon

44

13

22

2

12

8

0

9

1

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

721

175

500

29

357

52

62

46

0

Itaewon clubs (31), 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

56

7

41

6

27

6

2

8

0

Itaewon clubs (9), 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

0

 

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

121

17

86

32

47

6

1

18

2

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

Jeju

14

8

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

494

494

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

 

Total

11,050

1,167

8,851

5,212

2,241

1,240

158

1,032

13

 

( % )

(10.6)

(80.1)

(47.2)

(20.3)

(11.2)

(1.4)

(9.3)

* 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

18

4

(

100.0

)

14

(

100.0

)

80 and above

6

1

(

25.0

)

5

(

35.7

)

70-79

7

2

(

50.0

)

5

(

35.7

)

60-69

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

14.3

)

50-59

1

1

(

25.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

14.3

)

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

466

(

100.0

)

80 and above

32

(

6.9

)

70-79

27

(

5.8

)

60-69

46

(

9.9

)

50-59

74

(

15.9

)

40-49

60

(

12.9

)

30-39

56

(

12.0

)

20-29

100

(

21.5

)

10-19

55

(

11.8

)

0-9

16

(

3.4

)

 



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


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[Figure 3: New cases (for last 4 weeks) by chain of transmission and by age group]



By Age

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By chain of transmission


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