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  • 59.2 percent of Seoul citizens said “everyday quarantine” might be enough to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19

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    Seoul releases the survey results about COVID-19

    • 6 out of 10 citizens said the “social distancing in daily life” campaign, so-called “everyday quarantine,” might be enough to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 infection
    • 53.3% projected that the pandemic would end after December this year, sharply up from 27.4 percent in previous survey conducted in April
    • Many citizens said the city’s stern administrative actions, such as using mobile access records to track down Itaewon visitors, expanding mandatory virus checks for all visitors to Itaewon, and ordering clubs, bars, and entertainment facilities in the city to suspend their operation, are appropriate

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, May 18, 2020 – A recent survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government shows that six out of ten citizens (59.2 percent) said the “social distancing in daily life” campaign, so-called “everyday quarantine,” might be enough to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 infection despite growing concerns about the nightclub-related outbreak of the COVID-19 from the Itaewon area.

    infections, including secondary infections (64.5 percent) and unidentified infections (e.g. asymptotic infections) (63.9 percent). According to the poll, more and more citizens think the pandemic would last longer than expected. 53.3 percent of respondents projected that the new coronavirus pandemic would end after December this year, which is sharply up from 27.4 percent in previous survey conducted from April 10 to April 12.

    In this situation, the survey confirmed that many residents in South Korea’s capital favored the city government’s response measures against the mass infection from Itaewon nightclubs. Especially, satisfaction with the active administrative actions taken by the Seoul Metropolitan Government has risen greatly.

    Nine out of ten respondents (91.7 percent) said that using mobile access records to ask Itaewon visitors to encourage to get tested for the virus was appropriate. This is because protecting the people’s right of health is more important than privacy issues. 75 percent said it was appropriate to expand mandatory virus checks for all visitors to Itaewon and 76 percent favored the city’s administrative order to suspend business at clubs, bars, and entertainment facilities in the city.

    95.2 percent said the anonymous test introduced by the Seoul Metropolitan Government helped encourage Itaewon visitors to have tested, and 98.1 percent said the mandatory wearing of masks when using the subway helped prevent the spread of infection in the community.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government analyzed that the survey results show citizens’ desire to return to the normal daily life in the face of the projection that COVID-19 would last longer and concerns about the spread of the infections, while they follow the “everyday quarantine.” The same reason applies to their support for the city’s stern countermeasures against COVID-19.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government regularly conducts surveys to find out the citizens’ difficulties and demands amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. For more survey results, please visit CAC (Cities Against COVID-19) at http://english.seoul.go.kr/covid/countermeasures/