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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 24 August
  • Date2020-08-24 19:17
  • Update2020-08-24 19:17
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea
24 August 2020


As of 0:00, 24 August 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 17,665 (including 2,734 imported cases), of which 14,219 cases have been discharged from isolation. There are 258 new local cases, 8 new imported cases, and 0 new deaths.


Overall case and test status, as of 0:00, 24 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

23 August (Sun)

1,791,186

17,399

14,200

2,890

309

47,564

1,726,223

As of 0:00

24 August (Mon)

1,804,422

17,665

14,219

3,137

309

47,995

1,738,762

Difference

13,236

266

19

247

0

431

12,539

 

* Based on case data reported to the KCDC

** Testing in progress includes number of completed tests with negative results that are being recorded with delays

Figures subject to correction based on findings from epidemiological investigations



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Major local clusters as of 12:00 today (24 August):

* The specific figures below may differ from the daily reported statistics 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, 34 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 875 cases have been confirmed.

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

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

- To date, 115 confirmed cases of further transmissions from Sarang Jeil Church have been found related to 21 venues. Transmission is likely ongoing. Epidemiological investigation is underway of 186 facilities to prevent further transmission.

 

 

 

Related to August 15 Gwanghwamun rally, 40 additional cases were confirmed from investigation. In total, 176 cases have been confirmed.

- Cases with no relation to Sarang Jeil Church found according to basic investigation; may change with new findings in further investigation

 

Related to Yoido Full Gospel Church in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul City, 6 additional cases were confirmed. In total, 41 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Woori Jeil Church in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi Province, 2 additional cases were confirmed while under self-quarantine. In total, 182 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Galilee Church in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon City, 6 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 38 cases have been confirmed.

 

Related to Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital in Cheonan city, Chungnam Province, first case was confirmed on 22 August and 9 additional cases were confirmed. In total, 10 cases have been confirmed.

 

The HomePlus food court cluster from Suncheon-si, Jeonnam Province has been found to be linked to Muhan 9roup in Gwangak-gu, Seoul City. The clusters have been reclassified. Since the first case on 20 August, 24 additional cases were confirmed from contact investigation. In total, 25 cases have been confirmed.

- HomePlus food court index case visited Muhan 9roup business information seminar.

 

As of 0:00, 24 August, there were 8 imported cases, of which 4 were confirmed at the point of entry, and 4 were confirmed in the community while in mandatory self-quarantine after arrival. 3 were Korean nationals and 5 foreign nationals.

Infection acquisition location (presumed):

- Asia excluding China: Russia 3, Bangladesh 1, India 1

- Europe: Ukraine 2

- Americas : US 1

 

Last two weeks’ COVID-19 statistics:

Average daily new cases increased by over 13-fold

The greater capital region (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi) account for a high percentage of cases

Average daily new imported cases decreased by 9.5 cases

Number of local clusters rose by more than threefold

Percentage of cases with unknown chain of transmission increased by 18.5%

Percentage of elderly cases (60 or older) increased

Percentage of severe/critical cases also increased

 

 

7.26 ~ 8.8.

 

8.9. ~ 8.22.

Average daily new local cases

12.0

162.1

 

Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi

10.2

136.7

Average daily new imported cases

21.6

12.1

Local clusters (new)

9

30

Unknown chain of transmission

8.3% (39/470)

18.5% (451/2440)

Under management

(Confirmed while under self-quarantine)

Above 80%

Below 80%

 

New cases aged 20-39

35.9%

25.2%

New cases aged 60 or above

20.7%

31.7%

Daily average severe/critical cases

14.1

14.8


Recently, the mass infections in the capital region (related to religious facilities, rallies, door-to-door sales, etc) are spreading to various places including restaurants, cafes, public venues, and workplaces nationwide.

 

KCDC requests municipal governments to ensure social distancing compliance through active inspection and management and asks the public to follow infection prevention guidelines.

Churches need to switch all services to non-face-to-face services and should not host face-to-face gatherings or meals.

Publicly used facilities need to ventilate frequently and ensure that all staff and users wear masks while indoors at all times

At healthcare facilities (including convalescent hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, dialysis hospitals) and social welfare facilities used by high-risk groups likely to develop severe symptoms if infected,

Staff members need to avoid attending social gathering

Test people who show symptoms as soon as possible

Disallow visitations

Follow infection prevention guidelines including mask wearing

Door-to-door sales businesses, which are high-risk facilities, need to comply with the gathering ban.

- Middle aged and elderly people should avoid business seminars or events related to door-to-door sales or virtual currency

People who received a text message from KCDC regarding the August 15 rally need to get tested as soon as possible regardless of which rally they attended or whether they have symptoms

- Even if test result is negative, avoid going out or contacting other people for 14 days and get tested again as soon as possible if symptoms develop

 

Social Distancing level raised to Level 2 has been extended to the whole nation effective today. Follow the guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 


 

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

2,986

378

1,894

8

1,815

71

292

422

97

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

August 15 Gwanghwamun rally

Gold Train / Yangpyeong-gun gathering

Paju Starbucks

Yoido Full Gospel Church

Galilee Church

Theater company San

Anyang-si snack bar

Busan National Mechanical Technical High School

Prugio Preschool

Jukjeon/Daejeo High Schools

Dongsan Church

Family in Busan

Muhan 9roup

Kindergarten in Wonju

Michuhol-gu Elderly Daycare Center

Cheonan Hospital

Athletic college prep classes

Class reunion trip to Sokcho

Busan

262

44

158

12

124

22

30

30

3

Daegu

6,978

66

5,243

4,512

727

4

927

742

0

Incheon

543

85

394

2

384

8

28

36

20

Gwangju

280

42

215

9

200

6

10

13

1

Daejeon

215

22

115

2

113

0

46

32

10

Ulsan

76

31

27

16

7

4

14

4

1

Sejong

60

9

43

1

42

0

6

2

3

Gyeonggi

2,612

480

1,662

29

1,567

66

235

235

85

Gangwon

141

25

88

17

70

1

16

12

6

Chung-

buk

108

22

58

6

45

7

12

16

10

Chung-

nam

262

42

186

0

185

1

16

18

8

Jeonbuk

71

27

20

1

19

0

17

7

4

Jeonnam

81

25

29

1

26

2

20

7

7

Gyeong-

buk

1,443

38

1,080

566

514

0

195

130

6

Gyeong-

nam

197

61

97

32

63

2

21

18

1

Jeju

28

15

7

0

6

1

6

0

0

Ports of Entry

1,322

1,322

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Total

17,665

2,734

11,316

5,214

5,907

195

1,891

1,724

266

(%)

(15.5)

(64.1)

(29.5)

(33.4)

(1.1)

(10.7)

(9.8)

* 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

 

8.11

8.12

8.13

8.14

8.15

8.16

8.17

8.18

8.19

8.20

8.21

8.22

8.23

8.24

Total

15

15

15

14

14

13

13

9

12

12

18

25

30

32

Severe

7

8

7

6

7

6

6

4

7

7

14

20

23

24

Very severe

8

7

8

8

7

7

7

5

5

5

4

5

7

8


 

Total

Severe

(

%

)

Very severe

(

%

)

Total

32

24

(

100

)

8

(

100

)

80 and above

4

4

(

16.7

)

0

(

0.0

)

70-79

8

4

(

16.7

)

4

(

50.0

)

60-69

15

11

(

45.8

)

4

(

50.0

)

50-59

3

3

(

12.5

)

0

(

0.0

)

40-49

1

1

(

4.2

)

0

(

0.0

)

30-39

1

1

(

4.2

)

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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