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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 7 July
  • Date2020-07-07 17:28
  • Update2020-07-07 17:28
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea
7 July 2020


As of 0:00, 7 July 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 13,181 (including 1,714 imported cases), of which 11,914 cases have been discharged from isolation. There are 20 new local cases, 24 new imported cases, and 1 new death.


[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

6 July (Mon)

1,331,796

13,137

11,848

1,005

284

21,292

1,297,367

As of 0:00

7 July (Tues)

1,346,194

13,181

11,914

982

285

23,675

1,309,338

Difference

(+)14,398

(+)44

(+)66

(-)23

(+)1

(+)2,383

(+)11,971


The current state* of major local clusters as of today (as of 12:00, 7 July) are as follows:

* The specific figures below may differ from the daily reported statistics (which are based on figures as of 0:00 today) or figures disclosed by local municipalities due to factors such as report timing and differences in the time period considered

 

Related to Wangsung Church in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 1 additional case was confirmed. The new case was a church member’s coworker. In total, 37* cases have been confirmed.

* Seoul = 29; Gyeonggi = 8

 

Related to an office in Gangnam-gu, Seoul City, after the index case was confirmed on 1 July, the index case’s business contact (1), visitors (2), and family members of visitor (2) were confirmed. In total, 6 cases have been confirmed.

* 1 July: index case / 2 July: 1 business contact / 3 July: 1 visitor / 4 July: 2 family members of visitor / 5 July: 1 visitor

 

Related to church member gathering in Suwon-si, Gyeonggi Province, 5 additional cases were confirmed. The new cases are church acquaintance’s contacts and contact’s family. In total, 25 cases have been confirmed.

* 18 in Gyeonggi Province, 7 in Incheon City

 

Related to the Uijeongbu-si apartments, 1 additional case was confirmed related to the fitness center visited by apartment resident. The new case is the fitness center case’s acquaintance’s family. In total, 29 cases have been confirmed.

* 1 index case and 1 family, 7 residents of the same apartment building, 20 related to the fitness center

 

Related to Gwangneuksa Temple in Gwangju City, 5 additional cases were confirmed. In total, 92 cases have been confirmed. Of the new cases, 2 are related to Gwangju Love Church and 3 are staff at a sauna (in Gwangsan-gu) visited by a Gwangju Love Church case.

 

Category

Confirmed date of index case

Related confirmed cases

Note

Gwangneuksa Temple

6.27

12

 

Geumyang Building (officetel)

6.27

25

Visitors: 12

Family and others: 13

Jeju Island Tourist Group

6.30

5

Family: 4

Company: 1

Gwangju Love Church

6.30

17 (+2)

Church members: 13

Family and others: 4

CCC Agape Silver Center

6.30

7

Residents: 6

Staff: 1

Hanwul Nursing Home

7.1

7

Residents: 4

Caregivers: 3

Gwangju Ilgok Central Church

7.2

16

Church members: 15

Friend/acquaintance: 1

SM Sauna

7.1

3 (+3)

Staff: 3

* Subject to change based on findings from ongoing epidemiological investigation



 

The (presumed) location of infection acquisition of the 24 new imported cases are: America (6), Europe (1), and Asia excluding China (17) (Kazakhstan=13; Philippines=3; Pakistan=1).

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 7 July 2020)]

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

24

0

17

1

6

0

0

16

8

7

17

Total

1,714

19

556

494

624

20

1

793

921

1,286

428

(1.1%)

(32.4%)

(28.8%)

(36.4%)

(1.2%)

(0.1%)

(46.3%)

(53.7%)

(75.0%)

(25.0%)


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


Of the total 1,714 imported cases, 46.3% (n=793) were identified through diagnostic testing at the border and were isolated, preventing transmission to the community.

 

- Imported cases identified in the community were found through diagnostic testing within 3 days of arrival required for all overseas arrivals to prevent a large scale spreading from importation of the virus.

 

- To date, there have been 10 (0.6%) imported cases that were severe or critical (very severe) patients and 1 deceased case.

 

During 6 July, 153 ships entered 11 harbors (seaports) nationwide. On-board quarantine inspection was conducted for 53 ships.

 

 

Restaurants provide an environment where it’s difficult to keep masks on and transmissions can occur in close contact settings. KCDC provide analysis of restaurant-related risk factors and advised caution.

 

 

Summary

Risky behaviors

In confined, high-density environment, coming into contact with a large number of unspecific people for a prolonged period of time, involving drinking and eating (Example: bars)

 

Example cluster: _____ Pocha (bar)

4 additional cases confirmed from members of the same party

 

 

 

Drinking and talking with mask off

- Confirmed cases stayed at the establishment for a long period of time

Space not well ventilated and with high density of people, making it easy to be exposed to respiratory droplets

Drinking and close contact between tables

 

Example cluster: ______ Pocha (bar)

5 additional cases confirmed from members of the same party

 

 

 

Drinking and talking with mask off

- Many people talking in loud volume creating respiratory droplets

- Confirmed cases stayed at the establishment for a long period of time

Close contact between users

 

In confined, high-density environment, using shared tools or utensils with a large number of unspecific people, involving eating (Example: buffets)

 

Example cluster: _____ Party House (buffet)

51 total cases confirmed including 14 users

 

 

 

Indoor environment, many people with mask off, staying for a long period of time (1-2 hours)

Buffet involves people touching shared tools such as tongs to grab food and coming in close proximity to others

Close contact events such as group photos


Epidemiological investigation of the restaurant clusters found that:

 

- Many people did not wear masks or wore masks improperly, including incorrect wearing and taking them off when having conversations.

 

- Without proper mask protection, many people stayed in for a long period of time in a confined space drinking and having conversations, many of whom speaking in loud volumes, likely creating a large amount of respiratory droplets.

 

- There was close contact between users. Shared tools such as tongs were used for the buffet.

 

To prevent restaurant infections and community transmissions, the following should be adhered to:

 

- Visitors should avoid busy hours and wash hands or use hand sanitizer before meals.

- Masks should be worn when entering restaurants and before and after eating. For shared dishes, a separate tool such as tongs should be used.

- Conversations during meals should be minimized in order to prevent droplet transmissions. Masks should be worn while talking if a conversation is necessary.

- Phone calls should be taken outside or with a mask on.

 


COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES IN RESTAURANTS

- Avoid rush hours and minimize staying time

- Sit staggered or in zigzag or facing one direction if possible

- Observe personal hygiene rules such as hand washing and use of hand sanitizer

- Wear a mask before entering a restaurant and before and after having meals

- Use individual utensils, glasses, and do not mix them

- Use hand sanitizers or plastic gloves before and after each use of tongs, plates, and serving spoons


KCDC announced that remdesivir, allowed special import for COVID-19 treatment, has been supplied to all 22 severe patients at 15 hospitals that applied.

 

KCDC expressed gratitude for the 39 additional people who signed up to donate their plasma for the development of COVID-19 plasma therapy and encouraged more eligible people to participate. In total, 312 people have registered.

 

Plasma therapy requires a large amount of blood as it involves formulating a concentrated form of the antibodies and immunoglobulin from the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19.

 

People aged 18-64 who have been confirmed with COVID-19, fully recovered, discharged (released) from isolation (at least 14 days ago) are able to participate.

* Participating hospitals: Korea University Ansan Hospital, Keimyung Unviersity Dongsan Hospital, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu Fatima Hospital / For inquiries, dial 1522-6487

 

KCDC urged precaution in light of the continued local transmissions especially around religious facilities and door-to-door sales facilities.

 

Religious facilities are vulnerable to droplet transmission due to singing and eating together.

- Religious communities are requested to cancel large events or small group gatherings or switch them to a non-face-to-face method.

- Facilities hosting an on-site religious event should minimize the number of people attending in person, ensure 2 meter distancing and mask wearing, use instrumental music instead of choir or congregational singing, and avoid having group meals or small group gatherings.


 

COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES IN RELIGIOUS FACILITIES

- Use non-face-to-face, contactless methods to hold events such as online gathering

- Avoid activities that make respiratory droplets move in air (such as singing, chanting, and shouting)

- Disinfect and ventilate spaces before and after an event

- Avoid providing group meals


Various door-to-door sales promotional events, product demonstrations, or seminars to market health supplements or medical devices to elderly people tend to occur in confined spaces with a large number of visitors densely gathered togethered for a long period of time, creating an environment where infection can easily spread.

 

- Middle-aged and elderly people are requested to avoid direct sales seminars or promotional events.

 

- People who have suspected symptoms should cancel any outing or social gathering plans and visit a screening clinic to get tested.

 



[Table 4: 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

1,375

305

952

8

827

48

69

118

3

Nightclubs (139), Richway (121), Guro-gu call center (99), Yangcheon-gu sport facility (44), Seongsim Day Care Center (43), Manmin Central Church (41), SMR newly planted churches group (37), Dong-an Church-PC Cafe (28), Coupang (24), Wangsung Church (28), Gangnam Yeoksam-dong gathering (12), Daejeon door-to-door sales (8), Uijeongbu Apartment (7), Financial institution (7)), Gangbuk-gu call center (4), etc.

Busan

156

37

89

12

58

18

1

30

0

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

Daegu

6,925

45

6,131

4,511

699

917

4

749

1

Second Mi-Ju Hospital (196), Hansarang Convalescent Hospital (124), Daesil Convalescent Hospital (101), Fatima Hospital (39), Daegu Acting Academy (11), Nightclubs (2), etc.

Incheon

354

65

278

2

260

8

8

11

2

Coupang (61), SMR newly planted churches group (57), Nightclubs (54), Richway (24), Guro-gu call center (19), Gyeyang-gu real estate agency family (12), Suwon church friends gathering (6), Car enthusiast group (4) etc.

Gwangju

121

18

94

9

75

4

6

9

6

Gwangneuksa Temple (66), Ilgok Central Church (7), etc.

Daejeon

141

16

106

2

90

14

0

19

2

Door-to-door sales in Daejeon (56), Dreaming Church (4), etc.

Ulsan

55

22

26

16

4

3

3

7

0

 

Sejong

50

5

44

1

40

3

0

1

0

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (31), gym facilities (8)

Gyeonggi

1,297

269

933

29

768

72

64

95

13

Grace River Church (67), Coupang (67), Nightclubs (59), Richway (58), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (50), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (50), Yangcheon-gu sport facility (28). SMR Newly planted churches group (25), Lord Glory Church (25), Anyang-Gunpo pastors group (22), Uijeongbu Apartment (21), Lotte Confectionery logistics center (15), Suwon church friends gathering (13), Wangsung Church (9), Seongnam neighbors gathering (7), KCCC (6), Geumcheon rice milling machine manufacturer (6), etc.

Gangwon

67

17

43

17

26

0

0

7

0

Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (10), Apartments in Wonju (4), Richway (4), Geumcheon-gu rice milling machine manufacturer (4), etc.

Chung-

buk

66

11

45

6

29

8

2

10

0

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11), Nightclubs (9), Guro-gu call center (2), etc.

Chung-

nam

173

17

144

0

139

4

1

12

0

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), Daejeon door-to-door sales (12), Richway (3), etc.

Jeonbuk

30

14

11

1

10

0

0

5

1

Daejeon door-to-door sales (3), Nightclubs (2)

Jeonnam

27

14

9

1

5

2

1

4

0

Gwangneuksa Temple (2)

Gyeong-

buk

1,393

24

1,236

566

478

192

0

133

0

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (119), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), pilgrimage to Israel (41), Yecheon-gun (40), Gumi Elim Church (10), etc.

Gyeong-

nam

138

28

90

32

50

6

2

20

0

Geochang Church (10), Wings Tower (9), Geochang Woongyang-myeon (8), Nightclubs (2), etc.

Jeju

20

14

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

 

Ports of Entry

793

793

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

 

Total

13,181

1,714

10,233

5,213

3,559

1,299

162

1234

44

 

(%)

(13.0)

(77.6)

(39.5)

(27.0)

(9.9)

(1.2)

(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 3: Daily new confirmed cases by chain of transmission]


TOTAL

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Seoul City

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Incheon City

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Gyeonggi Province

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Daejeon City

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Gwangju City

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[Table 5: Age distribution of severe cases]

 

6.24

6.25

6.26

6.27

6.28

6.29

6.30

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

Total

38

37

35

30

32

32

32

33

34

34

30

32

32

36

Severe

17

19

15

12

13

13

11

13

16

13

11

11

11

14

Very severe

21

18

20

18

19

19

21

20

18

21

19

21

21

22


 

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

36

14

(

100.0

)

22

(

100.0

)

80 and above

10

3

(

21.4

)

7

(

31.8

)

70-79

11

6

(

42.9

)

5

(

22.7

)

60-69

6

2

(

14.3

)

4

(

18.2

)

50-59

9

3

(

21.4

)

6

(

27.3

)

40-49

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

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

)


 

[Figure 4: New cases (for last 2 weeks) by chain of transmission]

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