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Community Transmission of COVID-19 Calls for New Measures: Analysis by Dr. Alice TAN Updated: 2020-02-19 16:21:20 KST

So, are we seeing the community transmission phase of the COVID-19 outbreak here in South Korea? Is the virus going viral?
Dr. Alice Tan, Internist at Seoul-based MizMedi Women's Hospital is live in the studio with us to help us get a better perspective.
Dr. Alice, thanks for joining us.

Are we seeing the beginning of what we've feared all along? Has COVID-19 started to spread in the community?

Of the 20 new cases confirmed in the country today, 18 were in Daegu and neighboring North Gyeongsang province, with 15 of them believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman.
They attend the same church as the woman. She can be viewed as the super spreader, in this case. In the case of the emergence of a super spreader, what kinds of measures must be taken?

Now that we're seeing a spread in the community, it definitely appears the South Korean government must draw up new measures different from what they've been implementing so far.

An 11-year-old was among the new cases confirmed in South Korea today. Up until now, we haven't had any reports of children being infected of this novel coronavirus.
What needs to change in terms of containment measures now that we have an 11 year old girl infected with this virus?

Dr. Alice Tan, many thanks for being on the program with us tonight.
If you want to learn more about the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak as South Korea faces a spread in the community with Dr. Alice Tan, tune into our News In-depth right after Newscenter tonight.
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