The number of new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in Seoul again exceeded 200 in 41 days. The city of Seoul believes that the number of tests, which decreased during the Lunar New Year holiday period, has increased since then and the number of confirmed cases has also increased rapidly.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on the 17th, the number of new corona19 confirmed cases as of 0 o’clock on the day was 258, recording a cumulative record of 22,6742. After recording 297 on the 6th of last month, the number of new confirmed cases has reached the 200 level again.
The city of Seoul estimates that the number of corona19 tests, which decreased from 10,000 to 20,000 during the Lunar New Year holiday, has increased by more than 30,000 since the holiday season, and the number of confirmed cases has also increased. Immediately after the Lunar New Year holiday, the number of inspections on the 15th was 32,612, and the number of inspections the previous day was 31,484. The positive rate compared to the number of tests on the 15th was 0.8%.
Nearly half of the confirmed cases were classified as contact with confirmed cases and were tested positive. Among the 258 new confirmed cases, 114 were classified as contact with confirmed cases, the highest number since 121 on the 6th of last month. Regarding this, Song Eun-cheol, a quarantine officer at the Seoul Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, said at a briefing that day, “I think various gatherings during the holiday season have also had an effect.”
In the case of major group infections, 22 more were confirmed the day before at Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Yongsan-gu, and a total of 140 related confirmed cases came out. In Songpa-gu tutoring academy, 12 additional people, including employees, students, and family members, were confirmed, and a total of 18 confirmed cases. Three additional persons related to the Guro-gu gym and two persons related to the sauna in Gangbuk-gu were also confirmed.
Quarantine officer Song said, “If you visit your hometown or travel during the Lunar New Year holidays, please refrain from going out as much as possible, wear a mask, wash your hands, etc., and observe personal quarantine, and if you have any suspicious symptoms, please get tested immediately.”
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