Daily report on COVID19 cases inside South Korea
As a part of our effort to provide more information to foreigner travelers coming to Korea, here you will find a daily report on COVID-19 cases inside South Korea: Today, Thursday March 31st, the Korean government reported 320,743 new cases. The total of cases now stands at 13,095,631.
Today it marks our last report on the daily update for COVID-19 cases in Korea. Starting April 1st, fully vaccinated visitors (more info here) can enter Korea without quarantine.
Update: March 31st, 2022. The Korean government is trying to adapt its social rules to the surge of the Omicron variant cases. The new measures come insight of the Omicron variant appearing to be less harmful, with the number of serious cases going down despite the late spike. Additionally, according to the Korean government more than 60% of the population has received the booster shot (3rd dose), which should also alleviate the possibility of critical cases and deaths. Therefore, starting from January 26th the at-home treatment period for those with mild symptoms has been reduced from 10 days to 7 days. Also, from January 29th fast testing using antigen instead of PCR tests will be available across the country. More important, local hospitals will start offering treatment and test for COVID-19 (before, only designated facilities were allowed to treat coronavirus COVID-19 patients).
From April 1st, 2022, all those travelers fully vaccinated more than 14 days before entering Korea, or those who have received a booster shot (WHO approved vaccines only) ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE MANDATORY QUARANTINE (7 days). Ask our coordinators for more information.
Until April 3rd, authorities declared an extension of the social distancing rules, but relaxed some of the conditions. Under this scheme, now, 8 people can gather at once and cafes, restaurants and other entertainment venues should close at 11 pm.
Until yesterday, the fully vaccinated population percentage stood at 86.7% and the ones with at least the first jab reached 87.6%.
The Korean government is asking all foreigners, regardless the nationality, wanting to enter Korea, to present a COVID-19 negative test 48 hours before embarking and departing from their countries of origin.
The beginning of the COVID19 spread in South Korea
The epicenter of the infection spread in Korea was in Deagu. It is a city about two hours from Seoul. About 90% of the cases in Korea have a connection with a religious group called Shincheonji. Authorities have raised the national alert to its maximum. The government is dedicating a vast number of resources to contain the spread in Daegu.
Medical Avenue is constantly following the coronavirus reports from medical organizations in Korea. We know that as of now Seoul National University Hospital, Bundang Seoul National University Hospital, Myeongji Hospital, among other hospitals are taking care of the coronavirus cases in Korea. While there is no real threat, for the moment and until further notice Medical Avenue is not referring clients to these institutions.
Control rules inside South Korea: COVID19
After MERS in 2015, Korean medical centers have imposed a strict set of rules. The protocols are designed to prevent infections from spreading inside their facilities. Hospitals and clinics have installed temperature cameras at all entrances. Clients, personal and others have to pass through inspection to make sure they don’t show any symptoms. On top of that, most of the Korean institutions provide free masks. They also offer sanitizer gel and give free counsel about coronavirus in Korea. Others have built temporary rooms outside their main buildings for further examinations.
Additionally, the Korean government mandates everyone who enters the country at all the airports to go through examination cameras. During the last few days they have restricted travel from and to China. Meanwhile, those we came from China during the last weeks have to report their condition to designated hotlines.
Finally, to keep a thorough control, everyone with a registered phone receives an alert from the Korean government daily. The alert shows an emergency number (120) and preventive measures. There are also official and non-official sites (https://coronamap.site/) giving a report on daily basis.
Final words: Travel to Korea coronavirus rules?
We recommend that before traveling to Korea you contact one of our representatives. They will be able to guide you and convey accurate information. We ask our clients to remain calm. It’s important to follow the instructions at planes and public places and trust only certified medical agencies.
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