Hospital and manufacturing plant infection emergency… Expert “step upward should be actively reviewed”
In front of a company in the Jingwan Industrial Complex in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, where the COVID-19 collective infection occurred on the 17th, the quarantine authorities are conducting a full inspection on the workers of the Jingwan Industrial Complex. / Reporter Moon Ho-nam [email protected]
[아시아경제 서소정 기자] Corona 19 confirmed cases recorded 600 people on the second day. A three-digit number of confirmed cases occurred through group infections such as manufacturing plants and hospitals, and’n-th infection’ continued, centering on family members and acquaintances who had contact with employees. As the number of confirmed cases increased rapidly after the Lunar New Year holiday, the government’s plan to ease distance distancing was also put on hold.
According to the Central Defense Countermeasure Headquarters on the 18th, the number of confirmed patients as of 0 o’clock on the day was 621, the same as the day before. Domestic outbreaks are 590 people and overseas inflows are 31 people. By region, Seoul 179 people, Gyeonggi 237 people, Incheon 16 people, and the metropolitan area accounted for 432 people, accounting for 73.2% of the domestic occurrence.
In particular, group infection continues to occur in large-scale workplaces, religious facilities, and medical institutions. A total of 115 people were confirmed at the plastic manufacturing plant in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do until the afternoon of the day before, and 129 people at the cricket boiler plant in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do have been confirmed.
The scale of the infection increased due to the dense, close, and closed’three mills’ working environment, not wearing a mask, and living in a shared boarding life with foreigners. The quarantine authorities have closed the business site and are conducting inspections on 1,200 employees of nearby companies.
Deputy Head of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters Kwon Deok-cheol (Minister of Health and Welfare) said, “There are quarantine rules for workplaces, but the biggest problem is that they are not followed well.” We will mobilize all the institutions to preemptively and intensively inspect it,” he said.
Infection in medical institutions is also an emergency. The previous day, 23 additional patients, including patients, guardians, and workers, were confirmed at Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and a total of 140 people were infected.
Park Young-joon, head of the epidemiological investigation team at the Central Defense Response Headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained, “It is more accurate to see the confirmed cases at Soonchunhyang University Hospital as cases confirmed through Japanese inspection in the already exposed situation, rather than being reexposed by additional radio waves.” In the case of additional confirmed cases, they were exposed to the virus before the Lunar New Year, but since the case was confirmed late, the number of additional infections may increase in the future.
Lee Jae-gap, professor of infectious medicine at Hallym University’s Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, said, “The increase in infections from hospitals is a proof that community infections have not subsided.” It could spread to hospitals and lead to an increase in mortality,” he pointed out.
Professor Lee stressed, “If the pattern of the increase in confirmed cases of migration continues, it should be considered that the 4th epidemic has started,” and emphasized, “It is necessary to actively review the increase in distance.”
Reporter Seo So-jung [email protected]
Source: 아시아경제신문 실시간 속보 by www.asiae.co.kr.
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