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  • Treyfish
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    S. Korea reports 89 more cases of new coronavirus, total now at 9,976

    National 10:09 April 02, 2020
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    S. Korea confirms 4 more coronavirus deaths, raising death toll to 169

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: https://www.cdc.go.kr/board/board.es...00000&bid=0030

    Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea




    1 April 2020




    As of 0:00, 1 April 2020, a total of 9,887 cases (including 560 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 5,567 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 101 in total.



    [Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]


    Period

    (since 3 Jan)
    Total Tested positive Being tested Tested negative
    Confirmed Discharged Isolated Deceased
    As of 0:00

    31 March (Tues)
    410,564 9,786 5,408 4,216 162 16,892 383,886
    As of 0:00

    1 April (Wed)
    421,547 9,887 5,567 4,155 165 16,585 395,075
    Difference 10,983 101 159 -61 3 -307 11,189


    Epidemiological links have been found for 83.5% of the total cases; 10.8% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.



    From Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 6 additional cases were confirmed. In total, 13 cases (patients = 5 (including 1 death); staff/workers = 6; family of patient = 2) have been confirmed since 29 March. Further epidemiological investigation is underway.



    From Asan Medical Center is Songpa-gu, Seoul, 1 inpatient has been confirmed with COVID-19. Epidemiological investigation is underway. The patient had visited Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital during 25-26 March. Investigation into the places visited by the patient and contact tracing is underway. Healthcare staff and family/caregivers who had come in contact with the confirmed case have been placed under self-quarantine. The 43 inpatients will be placed in cohort quarantine.



    From Manmin Central Church in Guro-gu, Seoul, 8 additional cases were confirmed while under self-quarantine. In total, 41 confirmed cases have been confirmed since 25 March. Investigation into places visited by new confirmed cases and contact tracing are underway.



    From Hansarang Convalescent Hospital in Seo-gu, Daegu, 11 additional cases were confirmed. From two healthcare institutions in Dalseong-gun, Daegu, 4 additional cases were confirmed (Daesil Convalescent Hospital = 3; Second Mi-Ju Hospital = 1).



    From the investigation into all caregivers working at hospital-grade institutions in Daegu, 2 cases have been confirmed.



    Analysis of chains of transmission of confirmed cases within the last 2 weeks have found that 35.0% are imported cases; 34.9% are hospitals/nursing homes; 6.3% are other clusters; and 6.6% are under investigation.







    Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 1 April 2020)


    Total Region/Country Where confirmed Nationality
    China Asia ex-China Europe America Africa Airport Community Korean Other
    New 36 0 4 14 17 1 7 29 33 3
    Total 560 17 64 298 178 3 224 336 514 46
    (3.0%) (11.4%) (53.2%) (31.8%) (0.5%) (40.0%) (60.0%) (91.8%) (8.2%)


























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



    Since 22 March, the number of inbound travelers have been under 10,000 per day. The number is expected to decrease with the implementation of mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers (including short-term visitors) effective starting today.



    Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in many countries around the world and the rise in the number of imported cases from overseas, starting 0:00 of 1 April, stronger infectious disease control measures will be applied for travelers arriving in from overseas. All Koreans and foreigners residing in Korea arriving from all overseas countries will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Foreigners on a short-term visit will be subject to facility quarantine and pay for the use of the facility. Exceptions to self-quarantine will be applied only for limited cases with valid reasons for exemption (such as a matter of public/national interest). The exempt persons will still be subject to testing and active monitoring.



    Persons arriving from overseas should return home straight after arriving at the airport. They should travel in their own vehicle or designated airport limousine bus or designated KTX train (reserved specifically for this purpose). They are required to sanitize their hands and wear a facemask during movement.



    The persons under self-quarantine are required to follow the self-quarantine guidelines provided. They must not share their utensils, towels and other personal belongings with their family, refrain from coming in contact with family members, roommates, or cohabitants. Family members, roommates, or cohabitants should wear a facemask and keep 2 meter distance from the person under self-quarantine, ventilate the living space frequently, and clean all frequently touched surfaces often. If they notice suspected symptoms develop (fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath, etc.) they must contact the designated public official or use the self-quarantine app to notify their symptoms and go to a screening center to be tested.



    All persons who arrived in Korea from overseas within the last 14 days, even if they are not subject to mandatory self-quarantine, should stay home as much as possible, minimize contact with other people, maintain strict personal hygiene (washing hands, covering sneezes/coughs, etc.) to prevent infecting family members or those sharing living spaces, and call to ask a local public health center, KCDC call center (1339) or local call centers (area code + 120) to be tested at a screening center, and disclose their international travel history to the healthcare professionals.

    The Korean government is promoting the Enhanced Social Distancing campaign from 22 March to 5 April. The KCDC is advising limited operation of high-risk facilities, businesses and sectors and advising people to stay home and refrain from going outside, and minimize contact with coworkers at work. The KCDC again urged people to continue to refrain from attending religious gathering, going to indoor fitness or sports facilities, or otherwise engaging in activities that make it easy to come in close contact with other people in an enclosed space, and maintain good personal hygiene including washing hands and covering coughs/sneezes....


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  • Treyfish
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    Navy sailor tests positive for coronavirus again after full recovery

    Defense 11:33 March 31, 2020
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    SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- A Navy sailor has tested positive again for the new coronavirus after having fully recovered from the disease, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

    The sailor stationed on the southern island of Jeju was released from a hospital last week after recovering fully from the COVID-19 virus following monthlong treatment.


    But he redeveloped symptoms while in preventive quarantine, and tested positive again Tuesday, officials said, adding that he was immediately sent to a hospital.

    Last week, two other military personnel -- an Army officer and an Air Force contractor -- were found to have contracted the virus again after making full recoveries...https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020033...tional/defense

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: https://www.cdc.go.kr/board/board.es...00000&bid=0030

    The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 31 March
    • Date2020-03-31 19:35
    • Update2020-03-31 19:40
    • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
    • Tel043-719-7556
    • 174
    Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea
    31 March, 2020
    As of 0:00, 31 March 2020, a total of 9,786 cases (including 518 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 5,408 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 125 in total.
    Period
    (since 3 Jan)
    Total
    Tested positive
    Being tested
    Tested negative
    Confirmed
    Discharged
    Isolated
    Deceased
    As of 0:00
    30 March (Mon)
    395,194
    9,661
    5,228
    4,275
    158
    13,531
    372,002
    As of 0:00
    31 March (Tues)
    410,564
    9,786
    5,408
    4,216
    162
    16,892
    383,886
    Difference
    15,370
    125
    180
    -59
    4
    3,361
    11,884

    Epidemiological links have been found for 83.8% of the total cases; 11.0% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown on page 5.

    From Manmin Central Church in Guro-gu, Seoul, 10 additional cases were confirmed. The current total is 33 confirmed cases (church members = 27; family members and other contacts = 6) since 25 March. Investigation into places visited by new confirmed cases and contact tracing are underway.

    From Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital in Gyeonggi Province, 7 cases (inpatients = 4; staff/workers = 3) have been confirmed since 29 March. One patient who was in inpatient care on the 8th floor during 16-25 March was confirmed on 29 March, which prompted investigation into the contacts in the 8th floor ward, which found 6 additional confirmed cases. The 8th floor ward has been temporarily shut down. Testing is underway for around 200 healthcare staff and patients.

    In Daegu, a total of 2,368 caregivers working in 61 hospital-grade healthcare institutions are under investigation. Approximately 97% of them have been tested as of today. All 2,118 test results returned so far have been negative.

    Also in Daegu, a total of 2,415 inpatients admitted to 16 mental health hospitals are undergoing investigation. Approximately 67% of them have been tested as of today. All 273 test results returned so far have been negative.

    Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in many countries around the world and the rise in the number of imported cases from overseas, starting 0:00 of 1 April, stronger infectious disease control measures will be applied for travelers arriving in from overseas.
    Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 31 March 2020)
    Total
    Region/Country
    Where confirmed
    Nationality
    China
    Asia ex-China
    Europe
    America
    Africa
    Airport
    Community
    Korean
    Other
    New
    29
    0
    2
    13
    14
    0
    15
    14
    28
    1
    Total
    518
    17
    60
    282
    157
    2
    217
    301
    476
    42
    (3.3%)
    (11.6%)
    (54.4%)
    (30.3%)
    (0.4%)
    (41.9%)
    (58.1%)
    (91.9%)
    (8.1%)
    * Figures may change based on findings from ongoing local epidemiological investigation efforts.

    As of today, only travelers arriving from Europe or the United States are ordered to self-quarantine. Starting 0:00 of 1 April, all Koreans and foreigners residing in Korea arriving from all overseas countries will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

    As of today, short-term travelers without domestic residence have been subject to active monitoring rather than self-quarantine. Starting 1 April, all short-term travelers will also be ordered to self-quarantine, with exceptions* allowed only for limited cases:
    * (1) A-1 (diplomat), A-2 (official duty), or A-3 (agreement) visa types; or
    (2) A self-quarantine exemption issued in advance by a Korean Embassy prior to entry for one of the following reasons:
    important business purpose (contract, investment, etc.)
    academic purpose (international convention)
    other public or humanitarian purpose recognized as valid reason for exemption


    Short-term travelers who do not have a place of residence or a place to self-quarantine will be allowed to use a quarantine facility provided by national or local government. In this case, the person (regardless of whether Korean or of foreign nationality) will be required to pay for the use of such facility.


    Persons traveling in from overseas who fail to comply with self-quarantine regulations are subject to imprisonment up to 1 year or fine up to 10 million won (effective 5 April) for violation of Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act (Paragraph 1 of Article 49 and Article 79-3). Persons of foreign nationality who fail to comply may be subject to measures including deportation and entry ban in accordance with Immigration Act (Articles 11 and 46)...




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  • Treyfish
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    New cases up again on cluster infections, imported cases

    National 10:51 March 31, 2020

    SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported a slight uptick in new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, driven by a steady rise in cluster infections and imported cases.

    The 125 new cases, which were detected Monday and up from 78 new cases a day earlier, brought the nation's total infections to 9,786, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

    The country's death toll rose by four to 162, with more than half of fatalities being patients who are aged 80 or older.

    Of the 125 new cases of COVID-19, 60 were in Daegu, the epicenter of the virus outbreak here, following mass infection....https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020033...ional/national

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: https://www.cdc.go.kr/board/board.es...00000&bid=0030

    The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 30 March
    • Date2020-03-30 20:46
    • Update2020-03-30 20:46
    • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
    • Tel043-719-7556
    • 557
    Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea
    30 March 2020


    As of 0:00, 30 March 2020, a total of 9,661 cases (including 476 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 5,228 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 78 in total.
    [Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]
    Period
    (since 3 Jan)
    Total
    Tested positive
    Being tested
    Tested negative
    Confirmed
    Discharged
    Isolated
    Deceased
    As of 0:00
    29 March (Sun)
    394,141
    9,583
    5,033
    4,398
    152
    15,028
    369,530
    As of 0:00
    30 March (Mon)
    395,194
    9,661
    5,228
    4,275
    158
    13,531
    372,002
    Difference
    1,053
    78
    195
    -123
    6
    -1,497
    2,472

    Epidemiological links have been found for 84.1% of the total cases; 11.0% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.

    From Manmin Central Church in Guro-gu, Seoul, 10 additional cases were confirmed. The current total is 23 confirmed cases (church members = 19; family members and other contacts = 4) since 25 March. Two (2) of the confirmed cases reported yesterday have been found to have worked in a call center in Geumcheon-gu, Seoul. All 78 workers at the call center have been placed in self-quarantine and testing is underway.

    From Second Mi-Ju Hospital in Daegu, 58 new cases (patients = 53; staff = 5) under self-quarantine were confirmed. In current total, 133 cases (patients = 127; workers = 6) have been confirmed. The confirmed cases are being transferred to other hospital(s). Measures to prevent further transmission, such as relocating inpatients to other rooms, are underway. (The figures may differ from those in Table 2 as the figures in the table are based on cases reported to the KCDC before 0:00 of 30 March.)

    Due to the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in many countries around the world and the rise in the number of imported cases from overseas, starting 0:00 of 1 April, stronger infectious disease control measures will be applied for travelers arriving in from overseas.
    Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 30 March 2020)
    Total
    Region/Country
    Where confirmed
    Nationality
    China
    Asia ex-China
    Europe
    America
    Africa
    Airport
    Community
    Korean
    Other
    New
    29
    0
    1
    12
    16
    0
    13
    16
    27
    2
    Total
    476
    17
    56
    262
    139
    2
    202
    274
    436
    40
    (3.6%)
    (11.8%)
    (55.0%)
    (29.2%)
    (0.4%)
    (42.4%)
    (57.6%)
    (91.6%)
    (8.4%)
    * Figures may change based on findings from ongoing local epidemiological investigation efforts.


    As of today, only travelers arriving from Europe or the United States are ordered to self-quarantine. Starting 0:00 of 1 April, all Koreans and foreigners with residence in Korea arriving from all countries will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

    As of today, short-term travelers without domestic residence are subject to active monitoring rather than self-quarantine. Starting 1 April, all short-term travelers will also be ordered to self-quarantine with exceptions* allowed only for limited cases:
    * (1) A-1 (diplomat), A-2 (official duty), or A-3 (agreement) visa types; or
    (2) A self-quarantine exemption issued in advance by a Korean Embassy prior to entry for one of the following reasons:
    important business purpose (contract, investment, etc.)
    academic purpose (international convention)
    other public or humanitarian purpose recognized as valid reason for exemption

    Short-term travelers who do not have a place of residence or a place to self-quarantine will be allowed to use a quarantine facility provided by national or local government. In this case, the person (regardless of whether Korean or of foreign nationality) will be required to pay for the use of such facility.

    The cost of testing and treatment for travelers arriving in from overseas is supported by the state. This is done for the sake of public interest, in order to protect Korean citizens and residents by preventing further spread of infection in Korea. However, since the decision to enter Korea at this state is the individual’s voluntary choice, and in order to prevent incentivizing more people to enter into the country adding more burden on the system, living expenses support will not be provided for those traveling in from overseas.

    Persons traveling in from overseas who fail to comply with self-quarantine regulations are subject to imprisonment up to 1 year or fine up to 10 million won (effective 5 April) for violation of Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act (Paragraph 1 of Article 49 and Article 79-3). Persons of foreign nationality who fail to comply may be subject to measures including deportation and entry ban in accordance with Immigration Act (Articles 11 and 46).
    Quarantine process for travelers from overseas (effective 0:00, 1 April)
    With symptoms
    Screening (testing) at airport for all nationalities
    If positive, admitted to hospital or treatment center
    If negative, self-quarantine for 14 days at home (or facility for short-term travelers)
    Without symptoms
    Korean From Europe: self-quarantine for 14 days; tested within 3 days
    From other regions: self-quarantine for 14 days; tested if symptoms occur
    Foreigner
    Long-term (living in Korea)
    From Europe: tested at airport; self-quarantine for 14 days
    From other regions: self-quarantine for 14 days; tested if symptoms occur
    Short-term (not living in Korea)
    From Europe: tested at airport; quarantine at facility for 14 days
    From other regions: quarantine at facility for 14 days; tested if symptoms occur
    Quarantine exemption cases: tested at airport; active monitoring

    Persons arriving from overseas should return home straight after arriving at the airport. They should travel in their own vehicle or designated airport limousine bus or designated KTX train (provided specifically for this purpose). They are required to sanitize their hands and wear a facemask during movement.

    During the self-quarantine period, the persons under self-quarantine are required to follow the self-quarantine guidelines provided. They must not share their utensils, towels and other personal belongings with their family, refrain from coming in contact with family members, roommates, or cohabitants. If they notice suspected symptoms develop (fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, shortness of breath, etc.) they must contact the designated public official or use the self-quarantine app to notify their symptoms and go to a screening center to be tested.

    All persons who arrived in Korea from overseas within the last 14 days, even if they are not subject to mandatory self-quarantine, should stay home as much as possible, minimize contact with other people, maintain strict personal hygiene (washing hands, covering sneezes/coughs, etc.) to prevent infecting family members or those sharing living spaces, and call to ask a local public health center, KCDC call center (1339) or local call centers (area code + 120) to be tested at a screening center, and disclose their international travel history to the healthcare professionals.
    The KCDC also advised employers to ensure that employees returning from international business trips will not return to their office for the first 2 weeks upon their return. In particular, employers should especially ensure that employees working at publicly used venues who have international travel history are required to work from home or take a short leave.

    The Korean government is promoting the Enhanced Social Distancing campaign from 22 March to 5 April. The KCDC is advising high-risk facilities, businesses and sectors to limit operation, advise people to stay home and refrain from going outside, and minimize contact with coworkers at work. As the second week of Enhanced Social Distancing begins today, the KCDC again urged people to continue to refrain from attending religious gathering, going to indoor fitness or sports facilities, or otherwise engaging in activities that make it easy to come in close contact with other people in an enclosed space.
    Call to actions for all citizens

    Cancel or postponeall non-essential gatherings, dining out, social events, and travel plans.
    * There have been numerous reports overseas of transmission by eating together. All meetings and events involving sharing a meal should especially be postponed or canceled.

    If you have fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, or other respiratory symptoms, do not go to work. Stay home and get sufficient rest.

    Avoid leaving homeexcept to purchase necessities, to get medical care, or to go to work.

    Avoid handshakes and other forms of physical contact. Keep a 2-meter distance from each other.

    Wash your hands, cover up your sneezes/coughs, and generally maintain strict personal hygiene.

    Disinfect and ventilateyour space every day.

    [Table 2: Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the confirmed case


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    Fatality rate at 1.6%.

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    S. Korea reports 105 new virus cases, total now at 9,583

    National 10:45 March 29, 2020
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    SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 105 new cases of the novel coronavirus Sunday, bringing the nation's total infections to 9,583, the public health agency said.

    The death toll rose by eight to 152..https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2020032...ional/national

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    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...231629838.html
    South Korea reports 146 more cases of new coronavirus


    South Korea has reported 146 more cases of the new coronavirus in the country, bringing the total to 9,478.

    As of Friday, there were at least 139 deaths reported in the country

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    Fatality rate at 1.5%

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    Fatality rate at 1.4%

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    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacifi...ly-45-/1780272
    COVID-19: 'South Korea recovery rate nearly 45%'

    Death toll in South Korea now at 132, less than 5,000 patients under treatment

    The recovery rate for coronavirus patients in South Korea is over 44%, local media reported Thursday.

    According to daily Korea Herald, 4,144 COVID-19 patients -- 44.8% of South Korea’s total 9,421 cases -- have "made full recoveries" since the country reported its first case on Jan. 20.


    The number of cases reached 9,421 after 104 more were confirmed by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, along with six fatalities that raised the death toll to 132, Yonhap News Agency reported.


    This was the 15th consecutive day that South Korea reported 100 or less cases.


    A total of 4,966 patients remain under treatment, 56 of them in critical condition, while 414 were discharged from hospitals on Thursday.

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    Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...virus-12573550


    South Korea reports 100 new COVID-19 cases; tighter border checks for US travellers March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
    25 Mar 2020 10:21AM

    SEOUL: South Korea reported 100 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (Mar 25), bringing its total infections to 9,137, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    The death toll rose by one to 126.

    Of the new cases, 34 were from travellers, KCDC data showed.

    South Korea added it would tighten border checks for travellers from the United States by Friday as concerns rise over imported coronavirus cases despite a decline in domestically transmitted infections...

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    Source: https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2...ses-total-9037

    S.Korea reports 76 new coronavirus cases, total 9,037
    By Reuters - March 24, 2020 @ 10:05am

    SEOUL: South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, maintaining a downward trend in new infections which raised hopes that Asia’s largest outbreak outside China may be slowing.

    The daily tally brought the country’s total infections to 9,037, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll rose by two to 120.

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    Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

    23 March, 2020


    ○ As of 0:00, 23 March 2020, a total of 8,961 cases (including 144 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 3,166 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 64 in total.
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    ○ Epidemiological links have been found for 81.1% of the total cases; 18.9% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 2.



    ○ From Guro-gu call center in Seoul, 4 additional cases (11th floor = 1; contacts = 3) were confirmed. The current total is 156 confirmed cases since 8 March. (11th floor = 94; 10th floor = 2; 9th floor = 1; contacts = 59)



    ○ From Grace River Church in Gyeonggi Province, 4 additional cases were confirmed. The current total is 70 confirmed cases since 9 March. Investigation on recently visited locations and contact tracing of the newly confirmed cases is underway.



    ○ In Daegu, testing has been completed for every person at high-risk facilities. On 22 March, 4 additional cases were confirmed from 2 convalescent hospitals.



    ○ Starting 22 March, the KCDC is conducting COVID-19 diagnostic testing for every inbound traveler entering from Europe. On the first day (22 March), of the 1,442 inbound travelers from Europe, 152 were symptomatic and were quarantined and tested at airport quarantine facility. The other 1,290 travelers were asymptomatic and were moved to a temporary living facility to be tested, 6 of whom returned home after their test results returned negative at 19:00 yesterday. Remaining test results are pending. Travelers who test negative will enter home quarantine (Korean citizens and foreigners with domestic residence) or strengthened active monitoring (foreigners on a short-term trip). Confirmed but mild cases will be transferred to Life Treatment Centers. Severe confirmed cases will be transferred to hospitals by emergency transportation. Travel histories of all inbound travelers will be provided to healthcare providers via the International Traveler Information System (DUR/ITS) for reference.



    ○ Noting that 14 of the 64 (21.9%) new confirmed cases are imported cases, the KCDC urged international travelers to practice extra caution and care. The KCDC strongly recommended that all non-urgent international travel plans be canceled or postponed. Persons who are unable to avoid traveling for a critical reason are advised to refrain from visiting any enclosed facilities or healthcare facilities. Upon entering Korea, they should voluntarily disclose any symptoms and their international travel history and follow appropriate guidelines and instructions, including minimizing movement and physical interpersonal contact for 14 days.



    ○ Any person who suspect onset of COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call the KCDC call center (1339) or local call centers (area code + 120), ask a local public health center, or visit a screening facility, before visiting a regular healthcare provider directly. All persons who visit a screening center should arrive wearing a mask and in their own car if possible, and disclose their international travel history to the healthcare professionals.



    ○ The KCDC also advised employers to ensure that employees returning from international business trips do not return to their office for the first 2 weeks upon their return.



    In light of the continued emergence of outbreaks in various venues such as religious facilities and workplaces, the KCDC urged everyone to participate in enhanced social distancing campaign for the next 15 days (22 March – 5 April). Citizens are advised to stay home as much as possible other than for going to work, visiting a healthcare provider, and purchasing necessities. Working citizens are asked to maintain a distance during lunch breaks, refrain from using break rooms and other social venues, and pay closer attention to maintaining personal hygiene (e.g. washing hands). Employers are advised to implement various methods of minimizing person-to-person contact for employees, such as work-from-home and flexible hours systems. Those who show symptoms should be advised not to show up at work. Workers who develop symptoms mid-day should be sent home immediately. The government has limited the operation of high-risk facilities including religious facilities, some indoor fitness facilities, and nightlife venues. Venues that remain in operation must strictly adhere to infection prevention measures (e.g. disinfecting, ventilation, distancing, mask wearing) set by the authorities.



    ○ The KCDC thanked Korean citizens for their active cooperation in the efforts to prevent and limit the transmission of COVID-19 and asked citizens to participate in the concentrated social distancing campaign until 5 April.



    ○ Citing the recent incidents of misinformed use of salt water sprays and methanol, the KCDC stated that the spread of COVID-19-related misinformation (“infodemic”) is posing a threat to the safety of citizens and stressed that it is important to check the reliability of the sources of the information they receive from word of mouth, social media, online videos and forums, and news media. The KCDC asked citizens who come across suspicious COVID-19-related information to check the sources of information and confirm the validity of information by utilizing resources such as official websites of KCDC and the Ministry of Health and Welfare and infectious disease call center (1339).



    ○ As part of the 15-day enhanced social distancing measures for 22 March – 5 April, starting today, the daily afternoon press briefings will be conducted without face-to-face interaction. During the question and answer time, reporters will ask questions via online group chat room. The questions will be delivered in real time and will be answered verbally during the briefing session as much as possible in a continued effort to maintain transparent communication.
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    https://www.cdc.go.kr/board/board.es...00000&bid=0030

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