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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, Friday November 26th, the Korean government reported 3,901 new cases. The total of cases now stands at 432,901.

Update: November 26th, 2021. The Korean government announced the new regulations for businesses and people in general inside the country after reaching the 70% vaccination rate at the end of October. This is the first threshold of three to go back to a “normal” pace of life, as before COVID-19. The transition to what Korean officials are calling “living with corona” will come gradually as the cases stay inside a stable range and the bed usage percentage at local medical institutions remains in control. The authorities believe that the virus will be under control as everyone able to receive the vaccine gets it and certain rules carry on (use of masks, 2 meter distance) for a while. Until yesterday, the fully vaccinated population percentage stood at 79.4% and the ones with at least the first jab reached 82.6%.

The new regulations will allow for restaurants and other leisure facilities to be open 24 hours. Bars and nightlife venues have to close at midnight, this is two more hours from previous rules. Sport venues and other outdoor events can receive up to 30% of their capacity. As for private gathers, the limitations are almost completely lifted, particularly for those who can show a vaccination completion certificate (Korea uses a mobile app called COOV). The government is expected to enforce a rule for everyone attending massive events or high risk places to be required to present this certificate in the near future.

The Korean government is asking all foreigners, regardless the nationality, wanting to enter Korea, to present a COVID-19 negative test 72 hours before embarking and departing from their countries of origin. Foreigner PATIENTS or those looking for medical treatment, who don’t need visa to enter Korea, may apply for a quarantine exemption at the Korean Embassy at their place of residence. For nationals of countries needing visa to come to Korea, they are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

The beginning of the COVID19 spread in South Korea

The epicenter of the infection spread in Korea was in Deagu, a city about two hours from Seoul. About 90% of the cases registered in Korea have a connection with a religious group called Shincheonji, after one of the members attended a service with more than 1,000 participants. Authorities have raised the national alert to its maximum and the government is dedicating a vast number of resources to contain the spread in Daegu.

Medical Avenue is constantly following the coronavirus reports from local media and 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 sending clients to these institutions.

Control rules inside South Korea: COVID19

After MERS in 2015, Korean medical centers have 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 to those who wish it so. Others have even 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. 

Entrance Samsung Medical Center – Coronavirus prevention

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 the situation of the coronavirus in Korea.

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 or medical institutions in Korea.

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