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The updates on COVID-19 in Korea as of 25 April
  • Date2020-04-25 17:12
  • Update2020-04-25 17:14
  • DivisionDivision of Risk assessment and International cooperation
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Updates on COVID-19 in Republic of Korea


25 April, 2020


As of 0:00, 25 April 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 10,718 (including 1,027 imported cases), of which 8,635 cases have been discharged from isolation. Newly confirmed cases are 10 in total.


[Table 1. Total confirmed and suspected cases]


Period

(since 3 Jan)

Total

Tested positive (PCR)

Being tested

Tested negative

Confirmed

Discharged

Isolated

Deceased

As of 0:00

24 April (Fri)

589,520

10,708

8,501

1,967

240

9,600

569,212

As of 0:00

25 April (Sat)

595,161

10,718

8,635

1,843

240

9,259

575,184


Difference

(+)5,641

(+)10

(+)134

(-)124

0

(-)341

(+)5,972

 

 

[Table 2. Imported cases in Korea (as of 0:00, 25 April 2020)]


 

Total

Region/Country

Where confirmed

Nationality

China

Asia ex-China

Europe

Americas

Africa

Australia

Point of Entry

Community

Korean

Other

New

4

0

0

1

3

0

0

4

0

2

2

Total

1,027

17

112

443

451

3

1

430

597

939

88

(1.7%)

(10.9%)

(43.1%)

(43.9%)

(0.3%)

(0.1%)

(41.9%)

(58.1%)

(91.4%)

(8.6%)

 

Epidemiological links have been found for 80.8% 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 Hanam city, Gyeonggi province, 2 additional cases (family members of 1 newly confirmed case on 23 April) were confirmed during contact investigation. Further investigation on chain of transmission and contact tracing is ongoing.

 

From Yechun-gun, Gyeongbuk province, 1 additional case was confirmed from a test which was taken to discharge contact from isolation. In total, 39 cases (3 from Andong, 1 from Munkyung) have been confirmed since April 9.

 

1 case(A person at the Marine Corps Education and Trainig school in Pohang) was transferred to Daegu, and there are 0 confirmed cases in Gyeongbuk province as of April 24.


National Instutite of Health(NIH) stated that the first meeting of 'inter-governmental support task force for development of COVID-19 treatment and vaccine' was held on 24 April, and that it will strengthen the continuous cooperation system between governments, industry, academia, research institutes, and hospitals.

There are 7 researches undergoing to expand biological activities for existing drugs to COVID-19, including 4 supported by governemnt and 3 supported by private companies.

On the other hand, development of antibody and plasma treatment based on the blood of recovered patients is ongoing by cooperation between NIH and private sector.

  - Regarding vaccines, while NIH is currently trying to discover candidate substances based on the platform technology, private sector is also developing ways to evaluate its effectiveness once vaccine is developed.

  - Since it is still unknown which type of vaccine will be effective, nucleic acid, recombinant protein, viral vector and etc, are all considered with open possibility for development in form of public-private partnership.

 

Stressing that COVID-19 outbreak is still ongoing even though the number of new confirmed cases has been small lately, KCDC asked people to actively cooperate in Social Distancing and asked people to be careful this weekend regarding religious facilities and nightlife facilities.

  - KCDC recommends people to participate in religious functions via non-face-to-face methods such as online worship/meetings. Religious facilities that host on-site events must check people for fever, keep distance between people, require everyone to wear facemasks, and refrain from activities that may cause respiratory droplets to travel such as choir, shouting, or chanting.

  - People in high-risk groups (e.g. pregnant women, elderly aged 65 or older, people with chronic illness) should especially stay away from visiting enclosed spaces with a lot of people.

  - Nightlife entertainment venues are also recommended to refrain from operating as much as possible. Such venues that remain operating must comply with infection prevention/control measures including checking people for fever or respiratory symptoms and disinfecting/ventilating thoroughly.

  - People are recommended to refrain from visiting any enclosed space with poor ventilation or any place that are frequented by a lot of people. People who cannot avoid visiting such enclosed/crowded places should keep at least 2 meters away from other people, wear a facemask, refrain from handshakes, wash hands, and refrain from touching eyes/nose/mouth.

  - KCDC also stressed that people who have suspected COVID-19 symptoms should not go to work or leave home and should go to a screening center to be tested.

  - KCDC also urged people to get tested early if more than 2-3 people at work or family unit develop COVID-19 suspected symptoms such as fever or coughing.

 



 

[Table 3: Regional distribution and epidemiological links of the 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

629

247

357

8

262

18

69

25

1

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

Busan

136

23

84

12

53

18

1

29

0

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

Daegu

6,845

18

6,102

4,510

662

926

4

725

3

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

Incheon

92

41

47

2

34

5

6

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

662

152

468

29

320

57

62

42

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

141

11

120

0

118

1

1

10

0

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

Jeonbuk

17

8

4

1

3

0

0

5

0

 

Jeonnam

15

7

7

1

3

2

1

1

0

Manmin Central Church (2)

Gyeong-buk

1,364

10

1,220

566

462

192

0

134

0

Cheongdo Daenam Hospital (120), Bonghwa Pureun Nursing Home (68), pilgrimage to Israel (49), Gyeongsan Seo Convalescent Hospital (66), Yecheon-gun (39), 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

430

430

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

 

Total

10,718

1,027

8,662

5,212

2,046

1,247

157

1,029

10

 

(9.6)

(80.8)

(48.6)

(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

46

13

(

100.0

)

33

(

100.0

)

80 or above

9

3

(

23.1

)

6

(

18.2

)

70-79

19

4

(

30.8

)

15

(

45.5

)

60-69

12

4

(

30.8

)

8

(

24.2

)

50-59

4

2

(

15.4

)

2

(

6.1

)

40-49

2

0

(

0.0

)

2

(

6.1

)

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

250

(

100.0

)

80 or above

21

(

8.4

)

70-79

12

(

4.8

)

60-69

30

(

12.0

)

50-59

39

(

15.6

)

40-49

34

(

13.6

)

30-39

34

(

13.6

)

20-29

61

(

24.4

)

10-19

13

(

5.2

)

0-9

6

(

2.4

)

 


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


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