SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 21, 2020 — According to a survey released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, 97 percent of the citizens of Seoul said that it is time to end the stringent social distancing campaign and instead to follow their own quarantine rules in daily lives, however 63.6 percent answered April 19 is too early to do so.
Half of the citizens (51.3%) who replied the transition to quarantine in their daily lives answered that the main reason to do so is to overcome the economic crisis by normalizing economic activities. 48 percent of the respondents said their family incomes have been reduced because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and 17.6 percent said more than one family member has lost their jobs due to the coronavirus.
However, citizens responded that they are also concerned about the unknown infection (58.5%) and new group infections (41.6%) when switching to quarantine in their daily lives.
When asked about when would be the best time to transit the intense social distancing campaign to quarantine in daily life, 36.5 percent answered it would be best when the response system is prepared enough to control the situation regardless of the number of confirmed cases; 33.8 percent said when no more than 10 new confirmed patients occur, 19.6 percent said when no more than 30, and; 9.2 percent said when no more than 50.
Many citizens showed their trust and positive emotions in the governments and the society’s countermeasures against the virus, which would be a driving force of the transition.
The survey revealed that more than eight out of ten citizens trust the country’s medical treatment capacity (89.6 percent) and quarantine capacity (80.6%), while more than seven out of the ten said they trust the local community’s readiness (73.5%), sufficient information (73.2%) and the government’s administrative capacity (71%). 76.9 percent of the respondents also assess the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s countermeasures against the virus positively.
Also, the citizens said they feel various positive emotions: 93.7 percent are grateful to medical staff; 84.5 percent feel the pride of Korea’s quarantine capabilities, and; 82.4 percent expect the development of “untact” businesses.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government conducts regular surveys to figure out the actual difficulties and demands of its citizens in the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19. Key findings can be seen at the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s CAC (Cities Against COVID-19) Webpage at http://english.seoul.go.kr/covid/countermeasures.