COVID-19 in South Korea, May

South Korea // 29 May, 2020

At least 11,402 cases and 269 deaths. More cases associated with a cluster in Seoul.

The latest updates on COVID-19 in South Korea can be found on the Ministry of Health website. ESRI Korea has also created an interactive dashboard (in Korean) detailing affected locations and case counts.

29 May: A further 58 cases reported today, linked to the warehouse cluster in Seoul. 

28 May: South Korea has reported 79 new cases, this is the largest one day spike in over 50 days. The cases are linked to the cluster at the logistics facility, where authorities now suspect it is linked the nightclub cluster in Itaewon which occurred in early to mid-May. Health authorities in Seoul have urged the public to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and to practice good hygiene measures. 

27 May:  A cluster of at least 40 people linked to logistics facility in Busheon, west of Seoul has been identified today. This is the largest spike in 49 days. At least 3600 people linked to the cluster are being tested, and the authorities have shutdown the facility for cleaning. This new cluster brings the outbreak to 11, 265 cases. 

26 May: Low numbers of cases continue to be detected, with 25 or less new daily cases in the last six days. A total of 11,225 cases and 269 deaths are confirmed, and 10,275 people have recovered.

New public health measures will be enforced from today; masks will be required on public transport, taxis and all flights. From June facilities deemed “high risk” such as bars, karaoke venues, gyms and concert halls will need to have customers registered before entering. This will allow for easier contact tracing, following recent clusters of cases originating in Seoul nightclubs.

20 May: New cases continue to be reported. Several schools did not reopen as scheduled today due to a few students testing positive for COVID-19. According to media reports, schools are required to be closed down for a period of at least two weeks if a student tests positive to prevent the spread of the disease.

15 May: Cases associated with the cluster in Itaewon, Seoul continue to be reported. Around 30 new cases each day since 10 May. Authorities acted quickly to implement a campaign to rapidly detect and test all those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 from this cluster. The nightclubs and entertainment venues associated with this outbreak have since been closed.

10 May: A new cluster has been linked to a 29-year-old male who visited several nightclubs and entertainment venues in the Itaewon neighborhood in Seoul, about a week earlier. On 8 May, health officials announced the new cluster and potential for a second wave of infection. Over 50 new cases have been linked to this cluster and at least 1500 people have potentially been exposed. Health officials have asked anyone who have come into contact with infected individuals to self-isolate for 14 days.

4 May: A total of 10,801 cases have been confirmed, of which 252 people have died and 9,217 people have recovered. Daegu remains the most affected area with over 63% of all cases.

See the April news updates here.

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