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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 8 July
  • Date2020-07-08 22:18
  • Update2020-07-08 22:23
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of  Korea


8 July 2020



As of 0:00, 8 July 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 13,224 (including 1,747 imported cases), of which 11,970 cases have been discharged from isolation. There are 30 new local cases, 33 new imported cases, and 0 new deaths.


[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

7 July (Tues)

1,346,194

13,181

11,914

982

285

23,675

1,309,338

As of 0:00

8 July (Wed)

1,359,735

13,244

11,970

989

285

24,012

1,322,479

Difference

(+)13,541

(+)63

(+)56

(+)7

-

(+)337

(+)13,141

 

 

The current state* of major local clusters as of today (as of 12:00, 8 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 church member in home quarantine was confirmed. In total, 38* cases have been confirmed.

     * Seoul = 30; Gyeonggi = 8

  

Related to an office (water heating pad related business) in Gangnam-gu, Seoul City, 1 visitor was additionally confirmed. Also, 4 previously confirmed cases whose source of infection was uncertain have been found to be linked to this cluster. In total, 11* cases have been confirmed related to this cluster.

  * directly related to office = 6; secondary transmission to family members, etc = 5


Related to door-to-door sales group in the Seoul metropolitan area (the cluster previously referred to as church member gathering in Suwon-si, Gyeonggi Province), 5 additional cases were confirmed. The new cases are 1 from Happy-rang Healing Center, at Gunpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, and 4 from Wondang Catholic Church, at Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do. In total, 30 cases have been confirmed.

   * Gyeonggi = 23; Incheon = 7


Category

Index case confirmed

Number of related confirmed cases

Suwon-si church gathering

27 June

7

Incheon apartments door-to-door sales

29 June

9

Gwanak Withyee door-to-door sales

29 June

3

Gunpo Happy-rang Healing Center

28 June

5 (+1)

Goyang Wondang Catholic Church

2 July

6 (+4)

Total

 

30

  

Related to door-to-door sales in Seo-gu, Daejeon City, 3 additional cases were confirmed. In total, 87* cases have been confirmed.

  * 28 June = 2 / 29 June = 1 / 2 July = 2 / 5 July = 1 / 7 July = 3

 

Related to the door-to-door sales group in Gwangju City (the cluster previously referred to as Gwangneuksa Temple cluster), 3 additional cases were confirmed. The new cases are related to Gwangneuksa Temple (1), Ilgok Central Church (1), and SM Sauna (1). In total, 95 cases have been confirmed.

 

Category

Index case confirmed

Number of related confirmed cases

Gwangneuksa Temple

27 June

13 (+1)

Geumyang Building (officetel)

27 June

25

Tourist group

30 June

5

Gwangju Love Church

30 June

17

CCC Agape Silver Center

30 June

7

Hanwul Nursing Home

1 July

7

Gwangju Ilgok Central Church

2 July

17 (+1)

SM Sauna

1 July

4 (+1)

Total

 

95

* Subject to change based on findings from epidemiological investigation

 

Related to an Gwangju Gosi Hagwon (exam preparation academy) in Dong-gu, Gwangju City, 6 new cases were confirmed. Connection to previous clusters, such as the door-to-door sales group cluster, is under investigation.

 

The (presumed) location of infection acquisition of the 24 new imported cases are: America (1), Europe (6), and Asia excluding China (26) (Kazakhstan=15; Philippines=3; Qatar=3; Kyrgyzstan=3; Uzbekistan=1; Iraq=1).


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

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

33

0

26

6

1

0

0

11

22

8

25

Total

1,747

19

582

500

625

20

1

804

943

1,294

453

(1.1%)

(33.3%)

(28.6%)

(35.8%)

(1.1%)

(0.1%)

(46.0%)

(54.0%)

(74.1%)

(25.9%)

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

 

 

KCDC has taken note and warned against the dangers of the promotional halls, product demonstration halls, and small group door-to-door briefing sessions conducted by door-to-door salespeople, which have caused the recent confirmed cases.

 

Promotional halls and product demonstration halls of this kind require close proximity and extended contact among visitors, increasing the risk of transmission. Middle-aged and senior citizens are advised not to attend these events.

 

Small-scale door-to-door briefing sessions should also be avoided because they require long conversations over the course of product presentation and thereby increase the risk of transmission.

 

Additionally, people who show symptoms of COVID-19 should cancel all outings or gatherings and visit a screening center to get tested.

 

□  Due to the recent transmissions occurring within churches, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters announced that, from 10 July (Fri), 6 p.m., it will be mandatory for all churches to comply with infection prevention guidelines, including prohibition of church-related gatherings, events, and group meals outside of regular service, and ensuring mask wearing at all times.

 

The mandated guidelines to be followed by churches and their staff include:

  


- For churches’ staff:

Prohibit in-person group activities and events outside the regular church service

Prohibit sharing/providing food and group meals

Check those who enter the church for symptoms, and prohibit entry if symptoms are observed

Disinfect the church before and after regular services

 

- For church attendees:

Refrain from chanting and singing during regular service

Do not talk loudly during regular service, including praying or singing in a loud voice

Do not consume food or drink within church facilities

Wear a mask and practice social distancing (2 meter recommended, 1 meter minimum)

 

Infection Prevention Guidelines for Churches

For church staff

For church attendees

Prohibit in-person group activities or events outside regular service are

* Retreats, prayer services, revival conferences, cell-group services, bible studies, choir practice included

Refrain from chanting and singing

Prohibit loud praying, singing, or conversing

Prohibit Sharing/providing food and group meals are prohibited

Keep a log of visitors

- Install and use an electronic log

- Keep a hand-written access log (The visitor’s identification must be checked, after which the visitor must record his/her name and phone number. Records are to be kept for 4 weeks and disposed thereafter)

Check those who enter the church for symptoms. If symptoms are observed, prohibit the individual from entry

Appoint a person in charge of enforcing guidelines

Wear a mask

Disinfect the church before and after regular services (keep a log)

Enforce social distancing within church facilities (2m recommended, 1m minimum)

* have attendees sit 1 m apart during service

In-person activities and meetings outside regular service are prohibited

* Retreats, prayer services, revival societies, cell-group services, bible studies, choir practice included

Refrain from chanting and singing

Do not talk loudly during regular service, including praying or singing in a loud voice

* When singing, wear a mask and sing softly (choir members included)

Do not consume food or drink within church facilities

Use the electronic log or fill out the hand-written access log

Cooperate with the symptoms check and do not enter church facilities when showing symptoms

Wear a mask

Maintain social distancing (2m recommended, 1m minimum)

 

In accordance with the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, individuals who violate the above-mentioned guidelines are liable for a fine of up to 3,000,000 KRW and the facility found in violation can be prohibited for public gatherings.

 

Facilities may be released from the above mandatory requirements if the head of the local government deems it is safe to do so based on the efforts of the facilities and local outbreak situations.

 

□  KCDC announced findings from basic analysis of clinical information regarding 8,976 confirmed cases who were released from isolation or confirmed dead until 30 April.

 

Isolation location type:

  * Patients who were admitted into medical facilities after being admitted into residential treatment centers were categorized as isolated at a medical facility

 

Symptoms at diagnosis: Showed one or more major symptoms* of COVID-19 at the time admission: 73.3% of those admitted into medical facilities, 35.2% of those admitted into residential treatment centers

  * fever, cough, expectoration, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, tiredness/lethargy, headache, consciousness disorder, vomiting/nausea, diarrhea

 

  - Among those admitted into medical facilities, the most common symptoms were: cough (41.8%), expectoration (28.9%), fever (20.1%), headache (17.2%)

 

Clinical severity: mild cases accounted for 90.9% of all confirmed, and 9.1% of the patients required oxygen therapy or more advanced treatment methods

 

  - Clinical severity was higher for older (50 years or more) patients, and the percentage of patients who required oxygen therapy was higher for patients with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic heart disease, and high blood pressure.

  * Percentage requiring oxygen therapy or more advanced treatment method, deaths included: Under 10 years of age: 0%, 10~19 years of age: 0.4%, 20~29 years of age: 0.8%, 30~39 years of age: 1.8%, 40~49 years of age: 3%, 50~59 years of age: 8.3%, 60~69 years of age: 17.1%, 70~79 years of age: 37.7%, 80 years of age and above: 58.2%

 

  - Among patients who received oxygen therapy, 94.1% started oxygen therapy within 8 days after admission to a medical facility

 

  - Of the confirmed cases who were admitted into residential treatment centers (3,450), a great majority remained in conditions that did not impede daily life and were released from isolation. A fraction of such cases were transferred to hospitals, and among them, 7 showed severe symptoms that required oxygen therapy.

 

Patients requiring oxygen therapy or more (%)

 

All ages

Below 50

50-59

60-69

70-79

80 or above

Total

9.1

1.5

8.3

17.1

37.7

58.2

Male

10.8

1.8

11.1

23.9

44.0

70.2

Female

8.0

1.2

7.0

12.9

33.0

52.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High blood pressure

Diabetes

Major comorbidity*

Obesity

Yes

32.2

33.1

42.8

16.9

No

9.9

12.1

13.2

11.9

 

* major comorbidity - chronic heart disease (excluding hypertension), chronic kidney disease, COPD

** measured by patient’s peak severity during isolation

 

○  Length of stay: The average length of stay for patients admitted into medical facilities was 20.7 days; the average length of stay for patients who required oxygen therapy or more advanced treatment methods was 23.7 days.


□  KCDC announced that 48.9 billion KRW has been allocated in the 3rd Supplementary Budget to expand influenza vaccination program to include 19 million people, in order to prevent shortage of medical resources in case of a possible future influenza outbreak coinciding with COVID-19 outbreak.

 

 

Original

Expanded

Difference

Number of people covered by the program

approx.

14.45 million

approx.

19 million

+ 4.45 million

Budget (in KRW)

approx.

338.7 billion

approx.

387.6 billion

+ 48.9 billion

 

 

In addition to those included under the existing program (those between 6 months and 13 years of age, pregnant women, and citizens over 65 years of age), the expanded program now further covers those between 14-18 years of age and citizens between 62-64 years of age.

 



[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

1,385

310

954

8

831

46

69

121

10

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 (29), Gangnam Yeoksam-dong gathering (12), Daejeon door-to-door sales (8), Uijeongbu Apartment (8), 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

6,926

46

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

355

65

279

2

260

9

8

11

1

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

Gwangju

129

19

105

9

87

3

6

5

8

Daejeon door-to-door sales (66), Gwangju goshi hagwon (4), etc.

Daejeon

143

16

107

2

90

15

0

20

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

1,315

276

939

29

773

73

64

100

18

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), SMR door-to-door sales (17), Lotte Confectionery logistics center (15), 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

179

20

147

0

142

4

1

12

6

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), Daejeon door-to-door sales (15), Richway (3), etc.

Jeonbuk

32

16

11

1

10

0

0

5

2

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

Jeonnam

28

14

9

1

5

2

1

5

1

Gwangneuksa Temple (2)

Gyeong-

buk

1,394

25

1,236

566

478

192

0

133

1

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

140

30

90

32

50

6

2

20

2

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

804

804

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

 

Total

13,244

1,747

10,257

5,213

3,583

1,299

162

1,240

63

 

(%)

(13.2)

(77.4)

(39.4)

(27.1)

(9.8)

(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]

 

6.25

6.26

6.27

6.28

6.29

6.30

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

7.8

Total

37

35

30

32

32

32

33

34

34

30

32

32

36

31

Severe

19

15

12

13

13

11

13

16

13

11

11

11

12

9

Very severe

18

20

18

19

19

21

20

18

21

19

21

21

24

22

 

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

31

9

(

100.0

)

22

(

100.0

)

80 and above

9

1

(

11.1

)

8

(

36.4

)

70-79

10

2

(

22.2

)

8

(

36.4

)

60-69

5

4

(

44.4

)

1

(

4.5

)

50-59

7

2

(

22.2

)

5

(

22.7

)

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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