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updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 26 February
  • Date2020-02-26 18:27
  • Update2020-02-26 18:30
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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The Updates of COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

As of 26 February, 2020

 

Compared to yesterday morning (09:00, 25 February, 2020), 253 additional cases are confirmed, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,146 with 1,113 cases in isolation. 28,247 turned out to be negative and 16,734 are currently being tested.


Period

(since 3 January)

Total

Confirmed cases

Suspected cases

Sub

total

discharged

isolated

Deceased

Sub

total

being tested

tested negative

As of 9:00, 25 Feb.

36,716

893

22

863

8

35,823

13,273

22,550

As of 9:00, 26 Feb.

46,127

1,146

22

1,113

11

44,981

16,734

28,247

Differences

+9,411

+253

0

+250

+3 *

+9,158

+3,461

+5,697

 

  * Two cases(#298 and #875) passed away on 25 February and one case(#925) on 24 February. The cause of death is currently investigated. The 298th case, a Korean male born in 1962, belongs to Cheongdo Daenam Hospital. The 875th case is a Mongolian male born in 1984. The 925th case is a Korean female born in 1951.


Including 253 newly confirmed cases, the total of 1,146 cases are classified by the clusters and the regions as follows.

 

Regions

Confirmed cases

Remarks

sub

total

Shincheonji

(Religious sect)

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital

Imported or imported related

Others*

Newly confirmed**

Seoul

45

2

0

18

25

8

Mostly imported or imported related

Busan

50

6

2

0

42

13

Onchun Church related

Daegu

677

501

1

0

175

178

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Incheon

3

1

0

1

1

1

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Gwangju

9

7

0

1

1

0

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Daejeon

3

0

0

0

3

0

 

Ulsan

3

2

0

0

1

1

Shincheonji cluster

Sejong

1

1

0

0

0

0

Shincheonji cluster

Gyeonggi

43

8

0

11

24

3

Mostly imported or imported related

Gangwon

6

2

0

0

4

0

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Chungbuk

5

3

0

0

2

2

Shincheonji cluster

Chungnam

2

0

0

0

2

1

 

Cheonbuk

3

0

0

1

2

0

Imported or imported related

Cheonnam

1

0

0

1

0

0

Imported or imported related

Gyeongbuk

268

51

111

0

106

42

Daenam Hospital, Shincheonji, Travel history to Israel, Milal Shelter related

Gyeongnam

25

13

0

0

12

4

Mostly Shincheonji cluster

Jeju

2

0

0

0

2

0

Shincheonji cluster

Total

1,146

597

114

33

402

253

62.1% are Shincheonji and Cheongdo Daenam Hospital clusters

52.1%

10.0%

2.9%

35.0%

* Not classified into a cluster or under investigation

** Confirmed from 9:00, 25 February to 9:00 26 February

The interim classification is based on the reporting location, which may change depending on further epidemiological investigation.

 

As of 26 February, 50 cases have been confirmed in Busan, 23 of which are related to Onchun Church. There are two cases confirmed in Asiad Hospital, so the patients and staff are under cohort-isolation at this moment. The patients with severe conditions will be referred to Busan Medical Center.

 

With regard to Shincheonji cluster, a list of Shincheonji members in Daegu is secured, and all of them are reached out to monitor symptoms and to provide proper guidance upon the onset of illness. Furthermore, all of 503 in-patients with pneumonia in the city have been tested, and six cases have been confirmed as of 25 February.

 

In Gyeong-buk province, confirmed cases were reported mainly in community centers and shelters. 22 out of 69 residents in Milal Shelter, two out of 88 residents in Kukrak Community Shelter, and one out of 11 residents in Daram Community Shelter were confirmed. The surveillance on such facilities will be therefore strengthened. The staff in Cheongdo Daenam Hospital who has been under isolation is confirmed, so the number of cases in the cluster are 114 in total. The 7th deceased case occurred in the cluster. The case is a Korean male born in 1962. He was a long-term patient at Daenam Hospital and passed away because of pneumonia. The link with COVID-19 is currently investigated.

 

Regarding the pilgrimage tour to Israel, the flight attendant who has been on board with the tour group are confirmed positive. A total of 31 confirmed cases are known to be related to the pilgrimage tour.

 

The third group of Korean nationals evacuated from Wuhan were all tested. Except the three people currently being tested for the second time, 144 other people were already confirmed negative; they can be released from isolation 26 February and sent home 27 February.

 

It seems that the confirmed cases are reported mainly from religious gatherings or community facilities, and the deceased cases were mostly people who have had underlying chronic conditions or vulnerable groups.



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