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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 20 May
  • Date2020-05-20 19:12
  • Update2020-05-20 19:15
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

20 May, 2020



As of 0:00, 20 May 2020, a total of 11,110 cases (including 1,189 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 10,066 cases (90.6%) have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 32 in total.

 

[Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]

Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged from isolation

Under isolation

Deceased

As of 0:00

19 May (Tues)

765,574

11,078

9,938

877

263

16,925

737,571

As of 0:00

20 May (Wed)

776,433

11,110

10,066

781

263

16,351

748,972

Difference

(+)10,859

(+)32

(+)128

(-)96

0

(-)574

(+)11,401

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 20 May 2020)]

 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

8

0

6

0

2

0

0

2

6

4

4

Total

1,189

19

184

468

509

8

1

503

686

1,058

131

(1.6%)

(15.5%)

(39.4%)

(42.8%)

(0.7%)

(0.1%)

(42.3%)

(57.7%)

(89.0%)

(11.0%)

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

 


Of the 32 new cases, 8 were imported cases and 24 were locally transmitted cases.

 

Emergency infectious disease control measures have taken place in Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, where 4 surgical nurses have been confirmed with COVID-19. The 3rd floor surgical area (25 operation rooms, lounge, changing areas, etc) have been closed down. For contacts and persons subject to active monitoring found by epidemiological investigation, all have been tested*. The 124 contacts have been placed under self-quarantine or single-room quarantine.

* Of the 1,207 total persons subject to testing, 1,199 (not including 8 discharged patients) have been tested. 3 have tested positive (the scrub nurses); 641 have tested negative; 555 are awaiting test results.

- Periodic testing and monitoring will take place for all persons who are contacts or subject to active monitoring. The discharged patients will also be guided to receive testing at a screening clinic.

 

As of 12:00 today, there are 196 confirmed cases in total related to the nightclub cluster.

   - By region: Seoul City=100, Gyeonggi Province=41, Incheon City=35, Chungbuk Province=9, Busan City=4, Jeonbuk Province=2, Daejeon City=1, Chungnam Province=1, Gyeongnam Province=1, Gangwon Province=1, Jeju Province=1

- By chain of transmission: Club visitors=95; Contacts (family/acquaintance/coworkers/etc)=101

- By age group: [0-18]=23; [19-29]=116; [30-39]=28; [40-49]=13; [50-59]=7; [60+]=9

- Male=159; Female=37

 

Local transmission in Incheon City is increasing via coin karaoke rooms, PC cafes, taxi riders, and others. The Incheon city government and the office of education have requested studetnts, teachers, and school staff to visit a nearby screening clinic and get tested if they have visited the Vision Plaza building in Michuol-gu, Seoul Fitness Gym Incheon Branch (Floor 2 of shopping complex next to Segyeong Apartments) in Yeonsu-gu, or Seum Academy (Floor 3 of Geumgang Building) in Michuhol-gu from 6 May to 19 May.

 

KCDC is tracing persons who visited the venues visited by confirmed cases related to nightclubs in Gyeonggi Province. All persons who visited the following venues on the dates listed are requested to get tested at a nearby screening clinic.

 

Date

Time

Name

Address

5.10

19:50-22:00

Grilled Meat Jejakso Beomgye Branch

Anyang City, Dongan-gu, Hogye-dong, Pyeongchondaero-223-beon-gil, 16

22:00-2:30

Gangnam Oppa’s

Anyang City, Dongan-gu, Hogye-dong, Pyeongchondaero-223-beon-gil, 28

5.12

20:00-21:30

Deojjak

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Anyangro-292-beon-gil, 18

21:30-22:30

New York Night Market Anyang-1-Beonga Branch

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Jangnaero-149-beon-gil, 7

23:00-24:00

Yosul Liquor Glass

Gunpo City, Sanbonro-323-beon-gil, 10-8, Floor 2

5.13

0:00-2:30

Four Seasons PC Room

Gunpo City, Sanbonro-323-beon-gil, 26-26

5.14

16:37-17:06

Lululala Coin Singing Room

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Anyangro-292-beon-gil, 32

17:10-19:00

Meokgo Boja Lamb Skewers

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Manan-ro 214

19:00-19:57

Lotteria Anyang Branch

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Anyangro-292-beon-gil, 28

18:00-23:30

Jakuwa

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Jangnaero-143-beon-gil, 15

5.15

19:00-23:40

Jakuwa

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Jangnaero-143-beon-gil, 15

5.16

14:00-15:30

Game-in-Us PC Room

Anyang City, Dongan-gu, Simindaero 175

5.17

18:00-22:00

Jakuwa

Anyang City, Manan-gu, Jangnaero-143-beon-gil, 15

 

KCDC is requesting anyone who visited any of the nightlife entertainment venues in Itaewon area including any clubs or bars from 24 April to 6 May to stay home and refrain from going to other places, contact a local public health center or dial 1339 (KCDC call center), and 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 get tested 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.

 

KCDC provided the following additional guidance for COVID-19 prevention and timely response in schools.

- Students, teachers, and staff should check their symptoms in the morning and stay home if they have fever or respiratory symptoms. They should keep facemasks on at all time while in school and strictly follow personal hygiene measures such as hand washing and cough etiquette.

 - Students, teachers, and staff are urged to avoid karaoke rooms, PC cafes, nightclubs, and bars.

- Schools should ensure that every student’s body temperature is checked before the student enters classroom. If a student has temperature of 37.5 degrees or above or have other suspected symptoms, the school should have the student put on an MFDS-approved facemask (i.e. KF80, KF94, or KF99) and wait in a separate location while the school contacts the student’s parent or guardian.

- If a confirmed case is found in a school, all students, teachers, and staff of the school will be instructed to put on an MFDS-approved facemask and return home. Local municipal government will conduct epidemiological investigation, disinfection, restriction of use of the affected facility, and other necessary infection control measures.

 

In light of the recent rise in local transmissions related to clubs, bars, karaoke rooms, and 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.

 

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

Imported cases

Clusters

Other*

New cases

Sub-

total

Shin-

cheonji

Other clusters

Contacts of confirmed cases

Imported cases

Seoul

752

266

460

8

366

17

69

26

10

Itaewon clubs (100), 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

6,872

25

6,115

4,510

678

923

4

732

1

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

Incheon

134

47

82

2

67

6

7

5

8

Itaewon clubs (35), 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

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

49

18

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

735

178

510

29

367

52

62

47

10

Itaewon clubs (41), 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

59

8

42

6

27

7

2

9

0

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

21

10

6

1

5

0

0

5

1

Itaewon clubs (2)

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

0

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

Jeju

14

8

2

0

1

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

503

503

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

Total

11,110

1,189

8,878

5,212

2,271

1,237

158

1,043

32

 

( % )

(10.7)

(79.9)

(46.9)

(20.4)

(11.1)

(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 new 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

15

5

(

100.0

)

10

(

100.0

)

80 or above

6

2

(

40.0

)

4

(

40.0

)

70-79

4

1

(

20.0

)

3

(

30.0

)

60-69

2

1

(

20.0

)

1

(

10.0

)

50-59

1

1

(

20.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

20.0

)

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


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