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Imported cases of COVID-19 on rise in S. Korea
Updated: 2020-03-26 10:11:20 KST
One hundred new coronavirus cases were reported in South Korea on Tuesday, up from 76 a day earlier.
Despite the slight rise, it marked the 14th consecutive day that there were 100 or fewer additional cases.
Despite the optimistic numbers, the growing concern in South Korea is the rise of imported cases of COVID-19.
Among the 100 confirmed cases on Tuesday, 51 were international travelers who recently arrived in South Korea.
Twenty-nine were from Europe, 18 from the Americas and 4 from Asia.
So far South Korea has reported 227 imported cases, totaling two-and-a-half percent of all cases.
Reacting to the swift spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., South Korea has implemented tougher quarantine measures on those arriving from the U.S.
According to a senior South Korean health ministry official, all passengers from the United States will be required to self-isolate at home for two weeks starting Friday, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not.
If a passenger shows symptoms, they will be quarantined at a special facility for monitoring.
The latest measures apply to South Korean and foreign nationals.
On a brighter note, the number of coronavirus patients in South Korea who have fully recovered is rising fast.
Latest figures show more than 40 percent of confirmed patients have been discharged from hospital.
As of the end of Wednesday, the fatality rate has ticked up, with 1.4 percent of coronavirus patients in South Korea dying, up from half-a-percent earlier this month.
Patients in their 80s showed the highest fatality rate of 13.6 percent.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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