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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 19 August
  • Date2020-08-19 18:58
  • Update2020-08-19 18:58
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea

19 August, 2020

 


As of 0:00, 19 August 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 16,058 (including 2,676 imported cases), of which 14,006 cases have been discharged from isolation. There are 283 new local cases, 14 new imported cases, and 0 new death.


Overall case and test status, as of 0:00, 19 August (cumulative since 3 January 2020)

 

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

18 August (Tues)

1,697,042

15,761

13,934

1,521

306

25,219

1,656,062

As of 0:00

19 August (Wed)

1,715,064

16,058

14,006

1,746

306

31,022

1,667,984

Difference

+18,022

+297

+72

+225

0

+5,803

+11,922

 

* Based on case data reported to the KCDC

Figures subject to correction based on findings from epidemiological investigations



Major local clusters as of 12:00 today (19 August):

* 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 Sarang Jeil Church in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul City, 166 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 623 cases have been confirmed.

- 588 cases total in capital area (Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi)

- 35 cases total in other areas (Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gangwon, Chungbuk, Chungnam, Jeonbuk, Jeonnam, Gyeongbuk)

 

- Secondary transmissions from Sarang Jeil Church have been found related multiple venues including call centers, workplaces, hospitals, and other religious facilities and are likely ongoing. Epidemiological investigation is underway.

 

- KCDC addressed the ungrounded rumor that a positive test result is being automatically given to every Sarang Jeil Church member who tests for COVID-19. KCDC expressed great concern about the unfounded rumor and clarified that it is not possible to fabricate test results or discriminate certain samples in the current testing process.

 

- All people who visited Sarang Jeil Church since 27 July are advised to get tested as soon as possible regardless of symptoms. KCDC asks for active cooperation with the investigation and isolation process.

 


Major locations of additional transmissions from Sarang Jeil Church

(as of 18:00, 18 August 2020)

Facility type

Facility name

Transmission

Date of first confirmed case

Number of confirmed cases

Call center (workplace)

Lottee Home Shopping and Shinhan Life Insurance Call Center

8.18.

10

Korea Employment Information

(KB Savings Bank Call Center)

8.17.

2

Samsung Life Insurance
Call Center

8.18.

3

UBASE
(NH Nonghyup Card Call Center)

8.17.

4

Other workplace

Samsung Life Insurance East Seoul Life Office

8.17.

1

Social welfare

Amsa-dong Elderly Visiting Care Center

(Gangdong-gu, Seoul)

8.14.

1

Healthcare

Severance Hospital

(Seodaemungo, Seoul)

8.18.

1

Saemaeum Convalescent Hospital

(Seongbuk-gu, Seoul)

8.16.

1

Hando Hospital

(Ansan-si, Gyeonggi Province)

8.18.

5

Religious

Antioch Church

(Nowon-gu, Seoul)

8.18.

18

Cheongpyeong Changdae Church

(Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province)

8.18.

4



Related to Gold Train (Gangnam-gu, Seoul City) / Yangpyeong-gun group gathering, 1 additional case was confirmed while under self-quarantine. In total, 74 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Lotteria managerial staff gathering, 2 additional cases were confirmed while under self-quarantine. The new cases are people who attended the gathering. In total, 18 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Hyundai Commercial Seoul Gangseo Branch and Daegu Suseong-gu family, 12 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 17 cases have been confirmed.
(Note: Cluster previously referred to as Daegu Suseong-gu family)

 

Related to Okestro (a software developer company) in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul City, 2 additional cases were confirmed while under quarantine. In total, 10 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to the rally on 15 August at Gwanghwamun in Jung-gu, Seoul City, first case was confirmed on 18 August and 9 cases were subsequently confirmed. In total, 10 cases have been confirmed.

- Confirmed cases are from Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon, Gyeongbuk, Busan, and Chungnam

- Basic investigation finding confirmed cases among Gwanghwamun rally attendees not related to Sarang Jeil Church has confirmed the occurrence of further transmissions through the rally.

- To prevent further transmission through preemptive testing, everyone who attended Gyeongbokgung Palace rally on 8 August or Gwanghwamun rally on 15 August is requested to get tested at a local screening clinic regardless of symptoms.

 

Related to Yoido Full Gospel Church in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul City, 3 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 7 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Woori Jeil Church in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi Province, 7 additional cases were confirmed from testing of church members and contacts. In total, 154 cases have been confirmed.

- 149 cases total in capital area (Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi)

- 5 cases in other areas (Chungnam, Gyeongbuk, Daegu)

 

Related to Starbucks Paju Yadang Station Branch in Paju-si, Gyeonggi Province, 6 additional cases were confirmed among contacts. In total, 55 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Youngjin Bolt in Sasang-gu, Busan City, 4 additional cases were confirmed while under self-quarantine. In total, 8 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to social gathering in Sasang-gu, Busan City, first case was confirmed on 17 August and 7 additional cases were subsequently confirmed including contacts. In total, 8 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to a nightlife entertainment venue in Sangmu Jigu, Gwangju City, 2 additional cases were confirmed while under self-quarantine. In total, 19 cases have been confirmed.

 

 

As of 0:00, 18 August, there were 14 imported cases, of which 2 were confirmed at the point of entry, and 12 were confirmed in the community while in mandatory self-quarantine after arrival. 2 were Korean nationals and 12 foreign nationals.

 

Infection acquisition location (presumed):

- Asia excluding China: Kazakhstan 3, Uzbekistan 1, Philippines 1, Indonesia 1, UAE 1, Russia 1

- Europe: France 1, Spain 1

- America: US 4

 

 

KCDC has supplied remdesivir, specially imported for COVID-19 treatment, to all 135 patients in 35 hospitals that have applied for the drug.

 

 

Effective 0:00 today (19 August), all churches in the greater capital area (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi) are required to have all worship services online only. All church-hosted in-person events, gatherings, and group meals are prohibited.

KCDC requests all churches in the capital area to comply with the administrative measure and also not to host meetings or events in other regions.

Since there is possibility of transmission to other regions of the country, churches in all other areas of the country are also advised to follow the guidelines as precautionary measure such as switching to online-only worship.

 

 

With the Social Distancing level raised to Level 2 for the greater capital area on 16 August, KCDC asks residents of the capital area to follow the Social Distancing Level 2 Guidelines.

Since there is possibility of nationwide transmission, residents of other regions are also requested to follow the guidelines.


Public Guidance for Level 2 Social Distancing


Do not go to work if feeling sick

- Call KCDC call center by dialing 1339 or contact local public health center or screening clinic

Postpone or cancel non-essential outings, social gatherings, events, or travel

- Essential travel includes getting medical care, buying necessities, or to going to work

- At restaurants or cafes, order takeout rather than dining in

- Home training is recommended in place of going to gyms

- For social activities, utilize PC or smartphones to have online meetings

- Use online shopping over physical stores

If going out, wear mask and follow infection prevention guidelines

- Do not visit crowded, confined, or close-contact places with poor ventilation

- Wear mask indoors as well as outdoors whenever 2m distancing can’t be maintained

- Maintain physical distance from other people (2m recommended, 1m minimum)

- No droplet-producing activities such as shouting, singing out loud, or chanting

- No physical contact with others such as handshakes or hugs

 

 


REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL LINKS OF CONFIRMED CASES

 

Region

Confirmed cases

Other major clusters

Total

Imported cases

Clusters

Other*

Under investigation

New cases

Sub-

total

Shin-

cheonji cluster

Other local clusters

Related to imported cases

Seoul

2,360

374

1,577

8

1,498

71

135

274

151

Large clusters:

Nightclubs (277)

Richway (208)

Guro-gu call center (170)

Coupang fulfillment center (152)

Gwangju door-to-door sales (150)

Fitness/sport facility in Cheonan (123)

Newly planted churches group (119)

 

Recent clusters:

Sarang Jeil Church

Woori Jeil Church

Gold Train / Yangpyeong-gun gathering

Paju Starbucks

Nightlife venue in Gwangju

Lotteria managers gathering

Busan National Mechanical Technical High School

Hyundai Commercial Seoul Gangseo / Daegu Suseong-gu family

Jukjeon/Daeji High Schools

Doesaegim Church

Okestro at IFC

Youngjin Bolt

Family in Busan

Hyehwa Police Station

Busan

231

44

128

12

104

12

30

29

9

Daegu

6,956

65

5,222

4,512

706

4

928

741

2

Incheon

441

83

320

2

310

8

15

23

8

Gwangju

245

38

195

9

180

6

2

10

6

Daejeon

170

20

105

2

103

0

26

19

0

Ulsan

68

29

24

16

4

4

11

4

0

Sejong

52

6

41

1

40

0

4

1

2

Gyeonggi

2,119

469

1,366

29

1,271

66

120

164

99

Gangwon

90

25

55

17

37

1

5

5

6

Chung-

buk

89

21

44

6

36

2

9

15

2

Chung-

nam

219

37

162

0

161

1

7

13

3

Jeonbuk

52

26

17

1

16

0

6

3

1

Jeonnam

44

24

14

1

11

2

3

3

2

Gyeong-

buk

1,420

38

1,057

566

491

0

193

132

3

Gyeong-

nam

171

57

87

32

53

2

13

14

1

Jeju

26

15

7

0

6

1

4

0

0

Ports of Entry

1,305

1,305

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Total

16,058

2,676

10,421

5,214

5,027

180

1,511

1,450

297

(%)

(16.9)

(64.8)

(33.1)

(30.6)

(1.1)

(9.4)

(8.8)

* Includes contacts of confirmed cases

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


AGE DISTRIBUTION OF SEVERE CASES

 

8.6

8.7

8.8

8.9

8.10

8.11

8.12

8.13

8.14

8.15

8.16

8.17

8.18

8.18

Total

18

18

17

16

16

15

15

15

14

14

13

13

9

12

Severe

11

11

10

9

9

7

8

7

6

7

6

6

4

7

Very severe

7

7

7

7

7

8

7

8

8

7

7

7

5

5

 

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

12

7

(

100

)

5

(

100

)

80 and above

2

2

(

28.6

)

0

(

0.0

)

70-79

4

1

(

14.3

)

3

(

60.0

)

60-69

6

4

(

57.1

)

2

(

40.0

)

50-59

0

0

(

0.0

)

0

(

0.0

)

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

)



IMPORTED CONFIRMED CASES

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NEW CASES (LAST 2 WEEKS) BY CHAIN OF TRANSMISSION

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