In the wake of the coronavirus spread in China, the Korean government has taken multiple measures to ensure its citizens and those foreigners inside the country remain safe. As today, Tuesday July 9th, the number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Korea is 13,293; already 11,019 patients released. Today, 49 new cases were reported.
Update: July 9th, the Second wave of COVID-19 in South Korea is not exactly as the mass media is portraying it. It is true that a new chain started after “patient 66th”, from Yongin, visited nightclubs at Itaewon District and other recreational sites on May 4th to 6th. It is also true that the government released emergency teams to find people at risk. But the reality is that the efficiency of the protocols has fairly controlled the spread.
Two weeks later, after the Itaewon-related chain started, it is now a distribution center the focus of attention. Online e-commerce platform’s distribution centers are being inspected and delivery personal has stopped working. The whole number of new cases have relation with the Itaewon clubs, the distribution center and international arrivals.
Numbers will keep increasing in the following days, but likely limited. Social distancing and other protocols remain in place, life inside the cities hasn’t and won’t stop.
The epicenter of the infection spread in Korea is 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.
After MERS in 2015, Korean medical centers have a strict set of rules 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, 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.
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.
We recommend that before traveling to Korea you contact one of our representatives. They will be able to guide you and convey accurate information. For now, we ask our clients to remain calm, follow the instructions at planes and public places and trust only certified medical agencies or medical institutions in Korea.
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