South Korea has confirmed 256 new cases of coronary pneumonia, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2022, according to the ministry of epidemic prevention of the central committee of the republic of Korea (rok) on Friday (February 28).
At the same time, according to the latest People’s Daily overseas news, according to the south Korean news agency, the south Korean defense ministry said that as of 5 PM on the 27th, 25 south Korean soldiers have been diagnosed with pneumonia, 4 more than the previous day, 9,990 troops have been quarantined. South Korea and the United States announced the postponement of a joint military exercise scheduled for early march in response to a growing outbreak of the disease.
The four new confirmed cases include one army civilian (daegu), two air force cadres (one each in daegu and cheongju) and one air force civilian (daegu). The 25 confirmed military personnel included 15 in the army, one in the navy, one in the Marine corps and eight in the air force.
A total of 9,990 south Korean soldiers are reported to be in quarantine, 820 of whom are quarantined according to health ministry benchmarks, while the remaining 9,170 are quarantined by the military for precautionary purposes.
On February 20, a south Korean soldier who returned to the jeju naval base from a vacation in daegu was diagnosed with a new case of coronary pneumonia, becoming the first infected in the south Korean military. Subsequently, a number of troops in north chungcheong, south chungcheong and gangwon provinces in the republic of Korea reported new cases of coronary pneumonia.
In order to prevent the spread of the disease, the defense ministry of the republic of Korea (rok) has restricted the officers and soldiers from taking leave, going out, sleeping out and visiting.
On February 25, south Korean President moon jae-in arrived in daegu to personally chair the emergency meeting. Moon said the outbreak had been on the rise in South Korea this week and must be stopped. At the same time, South Korea’s defense minister chung kyung-doo issued instructions to immediately take quarantine and epidemic prevention measures against infected troops to prevent further spread of the disease.
In addition, South Korea central epidemic prevention countermeasures department minister zheng yinjing said at a press conference on the 25th, the city of daegu infection cases are mainly related to the “xintiantian church”, the current epidemic prevention department has mastered the church in daegu branch of the list of believers, is investigating. On the same day, police also carried out a raid on the headquarters of the “new heaven and earth church” in gochon, gyeonggi province. The local government of gyeonggi province explained that although the church had promised to provide the list at the request of the government, gyeonggi province “could not wait and did not fully believe” the list provided by the church, so it carried out the raid.
On February 26, the department head of South Korea’s central disaster safety countermeasures Jin Gangli, said the government will be raised to the highest level of “severe” outbreak alert, and implementation of amendment for collective activity, the use of public facilities of guidelines, advised people to suspend gathered indoors or in crowded outdoor activities, also avoid dinner, tourism and other private together.
On February 26, the yonhap news agency quoted South Korea’s foreign ministry as saying that 30 countries and regions had adopted immigration control measures against South Korea as of 6 p.m. Among them, 17 countries and regions have banned entry to the rok, while another 13 countries and regions have strengthened quarantine measures on people entering from the rok.
Meanwhile, 22 countries, including the Netherlands and Russia, have raised their travel alerts for South Korea and advised their citizens to refrain from visiting the country. Five countries, including New Zealand, Mongolia, Kuwait, the Czech republic and Laos, have suspended or plan to suspend direct flights with South Korea.
South Korea’s health ministry has tested about 210,000 members of the xintiandi church across the country since Saturday, and the number of new cases is expected to surge in the coming days due to the high mobility of the church’s members.
On February 27, South Korea’s prime minister said the government would use all available resources to address the severe shortage of designated hospital beds in the hardest-hit daegu area. South Korean prime minister Kim seung-joon arrived in daegu on Sunday afternoon, where he is to direct the outbreak of the new coronary pneumonia.
On February 27, the joint command of South Korea and the United States officially announced that the joint military drill scheduled for early march will be postponed. A soldier at the us military base in north gyeongsang province, South Korea, has been confirmed to have contracted coronary pneumonia, south Korean media reported. It is believed to be the first time a us soldier serving in South Korea has been diagnosed.
The new coronavirus (covid-19) has a fatality rate of about 1 percent in South Korea, with the majority of deaths occurring in elderly patients or those with underlying diseases, jeong young-kyung, head of the central government’s response department, told a news conference on Wednesday.
To combat the outbreak, the south Korean government has designated daegu and gyeongbei as special control areas and implemented “super strong prevention and control measures” and “maximum blockade” to reinforce and weave a dense epidemic prevention net to prevent the spread of the epidemic in the community.
In order to ease the pressure on the supply of anti-epidemic materials such as masks, the South Korean government will provide about 3.5 million masks to the public every day in pharmacies and other outlets, and provide special masks to the worst-affected areas such as Daegu and the frontline.