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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 29 April
  • Date2020-04-29 20:36
  • Update2020-04-29 20:39
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


29 April 2020



 

As of 0:00, 29 April 2020, a total of 10,761 cases (including 1,061 imported cases) have been confirmed, of which 8,922 cases (82.9%) have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 9 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

28 April (Tues)

608,514

10,752

8,854

1,654

244

9,203

588,559

As of 0:00

29 April (Wed)

614,197

10,761

8,922

1,593

246

8,307

595,129

Difference

(+)5,683

(+)9

(+)68

(-)61

(+)2

(-)896

(+)6,570

 


[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 29 April 2020)]


 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

5

1

1

2

1

0

0

3

2

4

1

Total

1,061

18

122

456

461

3

1

442

619

966

95

(1.7%)

(11.5%)

(43.0%)

(43.4%)

(0.3%)

(0.1%)

(41.7%)

(58.3%)

(91.0%)

(9.0%)

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 80.6% of the total cases; 9.6% are either under investigation or sporadic cases. More details on the epidemiological links within each province or city are shown in Table 3.

 

From Yeungnam University Hospital in Daegu City, 2 healthcare workers who worked in a ward for confirmed patients have tested positive. One was a healthcare worker dispatched to the hospital for COVID-19 patient care. The worker tested positive at the end of post-work monitoring period. The positive result prompted testing of all workers who worked in this ward, from which 1 additional healthcare worker tested positive. Infectious disease control and prevention measures and epidemiological investigation are underway.

 

KCDC released interim analysis of 507 pediatric cases (ages 18 or below) as of 0:00, 29 April 2020.

  - Pediatric cases contributed 4.7% of 10,761 total confirmed cases.

  - 272 (53.6%) were boys and 235 (46.4%) were girls, compared to 4,348 (40.41%) male and 6,413 (59.59%) female cases among all confirmed cases.

  - By age group: 86 (17.0%) cases in ages 0-6; 125 (24.7%) cases in ages 7-12; and 296 (58.4%) cases in ages 13-18.

  - By region: 298 (58.8%) in Daegu City; 46 (9.1%) in Gyeongbuk Province; 42 (8.3%) in Seoul City; 39 (7.7%) in Gyeonggi Province. No pediatric confirmed case in Jeonbuk and Jeonnam Provinces.

  - No deaths or severe cases have been reported among pediatric cases.

  - 149 (82.6%) pediatric cases have been discharged from isolation.

  - By chain of transmission: 211 (41.6%) linked to Shincheonji; 117 (23.1%) contacts of previously confirmed cases; 73 (14.4%) imported cases; 66 (13.0%) linked to local clusters.

  - 17 (3.4%) cases have tested positive again after recovery.
(*2.7% of adult cases (ages 19 and up) have tested positive again after discharge)

  - Based on clinical manifestations of 91 pediatric cases: 20 (22.0%) were asymptomatic; 37 (41.1%) had coughs; 29 (32.2%) had sputum; 27 (29.7%) had fever (38.0 degrees or above); 22 (28.6%) had sore throat.
(*Based on 31 March 8 April pediatric admitted patients; Shincheonji-related cases not included)

 

KCDC noted that many children and teens are experiencing depression, anxiety, and fear due to COVID-19 and that the outbreak can be a source of stress for young people as evidenced by increases in related counselling sessions. KCDC urged parents and guardians to clearly communicate accurate information and preventive measures to children in a way that’s easy to understand to help ease anxiety and fear.

  - In a recent survey that asked 42 seven-year-olds “What do you think of COVID-19?”, 69% responded “It’s scary”.

  - In another survey of asked 889 middle and high school students, respondents reported feeling suffocated (44.1%), frustrated/irritated (22.4%), emotionless (10.9%), and scared (9.0%).

  - A study of over 1,800 elementary school students in Hubei Province, China has found that 1 out of 5 have experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety or both.

 

KCDC explained that in order to protect our children during this COVID-19 outbreak, adults need to be thoughtful and understanding of children at home and at school and try to ensure psychological stability of children.

  - KCDC stressed the need to explain to children preventive measures and plans regarding COVID-19 in a way they can understand and that COVID-19 can be prevented by following guidelines such as washing hands carefully and wearing masks.

  - KCDC also asked adults to teach children not to blame or discriminate or harbor prejudice against other children who have been infected with COVID-19 and explained that words of encouragement and positivity and hope such as “You’re doing well!” “Let’s fight this together!” are important to relieving children’s anxiety and improving their psychological stability.

 

In light of the upcoming long holiday weekend during which traveling and outdoor activities are expected to increase, KCDC urged everyone to be extra careful.

  - People who have fever or respiratory symptoms should not go on vacation trips. Any traveling if at all should be done in small family units in personal vehicle. Crowded or popular destinations should be avoided.

  - During the trip, everyone should wash their hands frequently, cover up their nose and mouth with their sleeve when sneezing/coughing, maintain distance of at least 2 meters from other people, and wear facemasks if visiting indoor public venues.

  - People who develop fever or respiratory symptoms while traveling should stay in their room and get rest. People with prolonging fever or aggravating symptoms should call KCDC call center (1339 or area code + 120) or contact a local public health center or visit a screening clinic to get tested early.

 

In light of the upcoming Children’s Day (5 May), KCDC and Ministry of Health and Welfare hosted a children’s special briefing on COVID-19 today, taking questions from children on COVID-19 and providing answers.

  - The briefing was conducted as non-face-to-face briefing in observance of social distancing.

  - Along with KCDC Director Dr Jung Eun-Kyeong, two pediatric physicians were invited as co-panelists to explain COVID-19 prevention measures and latest children-related medical science.
   *Professor Choi Eunhwa (SNUCM Pediatrics / Seoul National University College of Medicine) and Professor Kim Yae Jean (SMC Pediatrics / Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine)



[Table 3: Regional distribution and epidemiological links of 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

633

252

357

8

262

18

69

24

0

Guro-gu call center (98), Dong-an Church-PC Cafe (20), Manmin Central Church (41), etc.

Busan

137

24

84

12

53

18

1

29

0

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

Daegu

6,852

20

6,108

4,510

665

929

4

724

3

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

Incheon

93

41

48

2

34

5

7

4

0

Guro-gu call center (20), etc.

Gwangju

30

14

16

9

0

1

6

0

0

 

Daejeon

40

10

21

2

11

8

0

9

0

Korea Forest Engineer Institute (3), etc.

Ulsan

43

12

24

16

1

4

3

7

0

 

Sejong

46

3

42

1

38

3

0

1

0

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (30), gym facilities (8)

Gyeonggi

676

163

470

29

322

57

62

43

2

Grace River Church in Seongnam (72), Guro-gu call center-Bucheon SaengMyeongSu Church (48), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (50), etc.

Gangwon

53

14

32

17

15

0

0

7

0

Apartments in Wonju City (3), Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital (10), etc.

Chung-
buk

45

5

32

6

18

6

2

8

0

Goesan-gun Jangyeon-myeon (11)

Chung-
nam

143

13

120

0

118

1

1

10

1

Gym facilities in Cheonan (103), research center in Seosan (9), etc.

Jeonbuk

18

9

4

1

3

0

0

5

0

 

Jeonnam

15

7

5

1

1

2

1

3

0

Manmin Central Church (2)

Gyeong-
buk

1,365

10

1,221

566

463

192

0

134

0

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), Yecheon-gun (40), etc.

Gyeong-
nam

117

14

85

32

46

6

1

18

0

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

Jeju

13

8

1

0

0

0

1

4

0

 

Airport

442

442

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

Total

10,761

1,061

8,670

5,212

2,050

1,250

158

1,030

9

 

(9.9)


(80.6)


(48.4)


(19.1)


(11.6)


(1.5)


(9.6)


* 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: Distribution of confirmed cases based on location reported]



* Refer to attachment

 

[Table 4: Age distribution of severe cases]


Age group

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

37

8

(

100.0

)

29

(

100.0

)

80 or above

9

3

(

37.5

)

6

(

20.7

)

70-79

16

1

(

12.5

)

15

(

51.7

)

60-69

6

2

(

25.0

)

4

(

13.8

)

50-59

4

2

(

25.0

)

2

(

6.9

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

6.9

)

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

)

 

 

 

[Table 5: Distribution of cases that retested positive]



Age group

Total

(

%

)

Total

292

(

100.0

)

80 or above

24

(

8.2

)

70-79

17

(

5.8

)

60-69

31

(

10.6

)

50-59

49

(

16.8

)

40-49

40

(

13.7

)

30-39

41

(

14.0

)

20-29

70

(

24.0

)

10-19

13

(

4.5

)

0-9

7

(

2.4

)


 

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


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