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Seoul’s Fight Against COVID-19

After the MERS outbreak in 2015, Seoul has developed the key principle for contagious disease control, “excessive response is better than sluggish response,” and this principle has enabled our complete and watertight responses to the COVID-19 epidemic. This briefing note seeks to outline Seoul’s COVID-19 containment efforts mainly in three different categories. First, it shows health and disinfection measures Seoul has conducted since the outbreak and onwards. The first section includes our innovative ideas and practices of walk-through and drive-through screening stations...

  • A Lesson from Korea’s COVID-19 Response Drawn From the Role of Local Governments

    Throughout K-quarantine, the local governments performed a role as significant as the central government in the development and implementation of Korea’s COVID-19 response. This article highlights some of the key roles played by local governments in Korea, which was particularly notable during the early stage of the government response. Based on the prompt, thorough and transparent response from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the leadership shown by local Korean governments, local governments around the Asia-Pacific region can play an increasingly important role, producing synergies or going as far as to pioneer their own ground where the central government may not reach, and developing cooperative frameworks between central, local governments and various municipal actors.

  • Manual of COVID-19 Response Procedure (Seoul Fire&Disaster Headquaters Ver.)

    This video is a manual video for members working in the field in case of spreading infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and includes receiving reports, dispatching, applying protection suit, and disposing of medical waste.

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 5: Discussion on Sports

    ○ Date & Time: June 5, 17:00-18:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Measures for Prevention of Epidemics for Safe Operation of Professional Sports Games
    ○ Moderator: Seo Kyung Suk (Broadcaster)
    ○ Presentations:
    – Sim Young Shin (Director of Culture and Sports Division, Seoul Facilities Management Corporation)
    – Jung Sung Hoon (DLA+ Director of Sports)
    – Angela Wu (Deputy Director of International Affairs, CPBL)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 5: Innovative Companies IR

    ○ Date & Time: June 5, 13:30-16:00 (KST)
    ○ Subject: 22 Outstanding Companies in 2020s
    ○ Participants: 22 Seoul-based innovative companies in 3 different fields
    (Bio technology, IT companies specialized in online services, bio-IT convergence)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 5: CAC Global Summit Discussion Forum

    ○ Date & Time: June 5, 10:00-11:00 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Results and tasks of CAC Global Summit 2020
    ○ Chairperson: Kim Ji-Yoon (Senior Researcher of the Institute of Democracy Studies & Education)
    ○ Discussions:
    – News Briefing about CAC Global Summit 2020
    – Key Moments in CAC Global Summit
    – Seoul Mayor Talks with Seoul Citizens
    – Four Keywords in the Post-Coronavirus Era

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 5: Discussion on Smart City

    ○ Date & Time: June 5, 7:45-9:10 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Sharing cities’ COVID-19 response using ICT technology
    ○ Chairperson: Heo Joon (Professor, Yonsei University)
    ○ Presentations:
    – Lee Weonmok (Director-General of Smart City Policy Bureau, Seoul Metropolitan Government)
    – Bruce Liang (CEO of Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd(IHiS), Singapore)
    – Raffaele Gareri (Chief Digital Officer, Head of Economic Development, City of Rome)
    – Hsin-Ke Lu (Commissioner, Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 4: Discussion on Public Transportation

    ○ Date & Time: June 4, 23:00-24:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Cases of Response to COVID-19 for Sustainable Public Transportation.
    ○ Moderator: Joonho Ko (Professor of Graduate School of Urban Studies at Hanyang University)
    ○ Presentations:
    – Boyoun Hwang (Deputy Mayor of City Transportation Office, SMG)
    – Rong Jun (Deputy Director of Beijing Municipality Commission of Transport)
    – Jeremy Yap (Deputy Chief Executive of Public Transport, Policy and Planning, Singapore)
    – Michele Dix CBE (Managing Director of Transport for London)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 4: Discussion on Welfare

    ○ Date & Time: June 4, 18:00-19:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Cases of Supporting the Vulnerable in the Disaster and the Role of the Public Sector in Providing Effective Support
    ○ Presentations:
    – Lena Dominelli (Professor of Social Work at Stirling University)
    – Kang Byeong Ho (Deputy Mayor, Welfare Planning Office, SMG)
    – Oh Dong Jun (Director of Wolgye General Social Welfare Center in Seoul)
    – Jeong Eun Ha (Public Care Services Supporting Team Manger at the Seoul Welfare Foundation)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 4: Discussion on Culture

    ○ Date & Time: June 4, 15:30-17:00 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Direction of Development of Culture & Arts in the Post-Coronavirus Era
    ○ Presentations:
    – Baik Seon Hae (Director of Urban Social Research at Seoul Institute)
    – Kim Sung-kyu (President of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts)
    – Jordana Leigh (Director, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center)
    – Petra Frank (Head of Department / The Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg)
    – Christophe Girard (Deputy Mayor of Paris)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 4: Conversation with Jared Diamond

    ○ Date & Time: June 4, 08:00-09:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: The World’s Paradigm Shift After COVID-19
    ○ Participants
    – Jared Diamond (Professor of Geography, UCLA)
    – Park Wonsoon (Mayor of Seoul)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 3: Discussion On Citizen Participation

    ○ Date & Time: June 3, 21:00-22:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: Cases of COVID-19 Responses Together With Citizens
    ○ Chairperson: Kim Euiyoung (Professor, Political Science & International Relations, SNU)
    ○ Presentations: Lee Jong-sun (Director, New Media Division, SMG), Yi Seung-hoon (Secretary-General of Civil Society Organization Network in Korea), Ham Sun-gyo (Leader of Gongneung-dong Dream Village Travel Trip), Juan Simoes Iglesias (Secretary-General of the European YMCS Federation), Nam Boo Won (Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific YMCA Federation), Lee Tae-dong (Professor, Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 3: Discussion on Urban Sharing

    ○ Date & Time: June 3, 18:00~19:30 (KST)
    ○ Subject: How to reinforce the publicness and resilience of cities in the post-COVID-19 era
    ○ Chairperson: Park Baegyoon (Chairman, Center for Asian Urban Societies, SNU)
    ○ Participants : Jeong Seon-Ae (Director General, Seoul Innovation Bureau, SMG), Alvaro Porro (Commissioner of social economy and local development, Barcelona), Harmen Van Sprang (Co-founder of Sharing Cities Alliance), Christian Iaione (Professor, Luiss University, Italy), Michel Bauwens (Co-founder, P2P Foundation), Neal Gorenflo (Co-founder, Shareable), Lee Seung-won (Director, The Center for Asian Urban Societies, SNU)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 3: Discussion on Education

    ○ Date & Time: June 3, 15:30-17:00 (KST)
    ○ Topic: Cases of distance learning and plans for expansion
    ○ Presentations:
    – Bae Young Jik (Seoul Education Research Information Institution)
    – Jang Eunkyoung (Chief Teacher, Garak High School)
    – Chung Chang Kwon (President, System Leadership Institute)
    – Jeong Youngsik (Visiting Scholar, University of Canterbury)
    – Sylvia Martinez (Principal Advisor, Columbia University FabLearn Fellows)
    ○ Panel: Kim Jong-Wook (Advisor, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 3: Discussion on Quarantine Measures

    ○ Date & Time: June 3, 13:00~14:30 (KST)
    ○ Topic: Sharing of COVID-19 quarantine measures by the SMG and major global cities
    ○ Chairperson: Choi Jae-Phil (Chief of Infectious Diseases Division, Seoul Medical Center)
    ○ Presentations:
    – Na Baeg-Ju (Director-General of Citizens’ Health Bureau, SMG)
    – Zachary Rubin (Chief of Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County)
    – Ewout Fanoy (Medical Doctor of Public Health Service, Rotterdam)
    – Xuejun An (Deputy-Director, Beijing Municipal Health Commission)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 3: Discussion on Climate & Environment

    ○ Date & Time: June 3, 09:30~11:10 (KST)
    ○ Topic: Observation of major social transitions after the COVID-19 situation triggered by climate crisis
    ○ Participants
    – Congratulatory Message: Ban Ki-moon (Chairman of the NCCA)
    – Panels: Park Wonsoon (Mayor of Seoul), Samuel Bowles (Director, Behavioral Sciences, Santa Fe Institute), Choe Jae Chun (Professor of Natural Sciences, Ewha Womans University), Silvie Huijben (Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology, Arizona State University), Simon Smith (British Ambassador), Lee Yujin (Senior Research Fellow, Green Transition Institute)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 2: Mayoral Meeting

    ○ Date : June 2,2020, 22:00-23:30(KST)
    ○ Theme : “Together We Stand”
    ○ Venue : Conducted online and Virtual Meeting
    (Conducted online and live-streamed via YouTube)
    ○ Participating cities(countries): 42
    – Presentations : London (UK), Maryland (USA), Jakarta (Indonesia), Moscow (Russia)

  • CAC Global Summit DAY 1: Pre-Summit & Talk Show “COVID-19, the world now is…”

    ○ Date : June 1, 2020 at 11:00 (KST)
    ○ Participants :
    – Host – Ilya Belyakov (Russia)
    – Panel – Seo Jeong Hyup (Deputy Mayor of Seoul), Sujan Shakya (Nepal), Aancod Zaccarelli (U.K.), Zeno Slamet (Republic of South Africa), Rose Kizgin (France), Julia Barlund (Finland ), Ginger Jiang (china)

  • 「Seoul’s policies to lead the new standard for the post-corona era」

    May 12, 2020, Ferrum Hall, Seoul Korea
    – To propose new policies such as establishment of a health organization between Northeast Asian cities and ‘Seoul labor account’ for worker safety net

  • Critical Role of the Local Government in Tackling COVID-19: Example of the Seoul

    UNDP Seoul Policy Centre conducted this webinar regarding Seoul’s policies against COVID-19 with Seoul.
    In this webinar, Mr. Na Baeg-ju, Director-General of Civil Health Bureau, presented four concrete measure: public information website, creative testing facilities, living and treatment support center for less severe cases, and citizen engagement campaign.
    Please check the recorded webinar.

  • Interview with Seoul on COVID-19 Responses

    In an effort to support urban stakeholders to implement good strategies against COVID-19, CityNet Secretariat conducted an interview with the Seoul. In this interview, Mr. Yim Geun Hyeong, CEO of CityNet Secretariat interviewed Mr. Cho In Dong, the deputy Mayor for Planning&Coordination and Mr. Na Baeg-ju, Director-General of Civil Health Bureau regarding the measures and […]

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(6)

    Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(6)
    Subject : Survey on COVID-19(Vis-à-vis Response to Itaewon Clubs, Etc.)
    Survey Period : May 14-15, 2020
    Target : 1,000 Seoul citizens (18 and older)

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(5)

    Subject : Survey on COVID-19 (anxiety, shift to daily disinfection, etc.)

    Survey Period : April 10-13, 2020

    Target : Male and female individuals ages 18-69 living in Seoul

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(4)

    Subject : Survey Regarding COVID-19 Issues (Opening of Schools, etc.)

    Survey Period : March 28-30, 2020

    Target : Seoul citizens ages 18+

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(3)

    Subject : Survey of Seoul Residents on Provision of Disaster Emergency Living Expenses

    Survey Period : March 12-13, 2020

    Target : Male and female adults ages 18+ living in Seoul

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(2)

    Subject : Survey on “Hold Up – Let’s Take a Break from Social Life” Campaign March 6-7, 2020

    Survey Period : March 6-7, 2020

    Target : Male and female adults ages 19+ living in Seoul

  • Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19(1)

    Subject : Summary of the Citizens’ Survey Regarding COVID-19

    Survey Period : February 1-2, 2020

    Target : Male and female adults ages 19+ living in Seoul

  • Tackling COVID-19: Korea’s health, quarantine and economic measures

    With the spread of COVID-19, the world is facing an unprecedented economic and health crisis. Against such extreme situation, Korea is becoming a sign of hope and a model to follow. The key measures taken by the Korean government can be summarized as three Ts: Test, Trace, and Treat. Above all, the high level of civic awareness and voluntary cooperation is the most important factor in the fight against the coronavirus is the citizens. We hope that information on Korea’s measures can help other governments, businesses, medical institutions and societies in finding measures to fight COVID-19. (Source : Ministry of Economy and Finance)

  • COVID-19: Seoul, Wonderland?

    Korea’s fast testing procedure, transparent disclosure of information and public medical treatment system are setting an example for the world. The city of Seoul maintained its urban functions without the enforcement of a lockdown and prevented the risk of infection through transparent policies and countermeasures, all of which were made possible through the mature and democratic cooperation of citizens.

    (Video Source: Naeil)

  • Megacity Seoul’s COVID-19 response attracting eyes from the world

    Why are mayors and CEOs from all around the world calling the Mayor of Seoul?

    In the COVID-19 webinar held on March 27, mayors of 45 cities including LA, Paris, London and Rome joined to listen to Seoul’s response to COVID-19.
    Park Wonsoon, the Mayor of Seoul, introduced the platform CAC (Cities Against COVID-19) that contains Seoul’s experiences to tackle the coronavirus.

    Check out the video.

  • Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    – A snapshot of the current situation of April 2020
    – The Municipality’s emergency management structure
    – Initiatives and projects, etc.

  • Flattening the curve on COVID-19 How Korea responded to a pandemic using ICT

    With the spread of COVID-19, the world is facing an unprecedented economic, social and political crisis. Korea had a surge of COVID-19 outbreak and virus started spreading at the local and community level. The number of new corona virus cases increases exponentially peaking at 909 new infections on February 29. But new case has dropped significantly. Korea was able to successfully flatten the curve on COVID-19 in only 20 days without enforcing extreme draconian measures that restrict freedom and movement of people. (Source: The Government of the Republic of Korea)

  • Seoul’s vaccine is its citizens.

    Confronting the waves of fundamental changes characterized by the fourth industrial revolution, the City of Seoul has announced a new plan to upgrade itself into a global open platform city by making various efforts to lay the foundation for business startups. Unfortunately, as COVID-19 hit Seoul hard, Seoul encountered a serious crisis both economically and socially. However, based on the speed and transparency of the local government, the flexible yet bold innovation of the private sector, and mature citizenship, Seoul is bringing people together to surmount crisis with the power of solidarity and cooperation.

  • A letter from ‘Wonderland’

    Dear K. This is for all of you who are fighting COVID-19 all around the world.
    Whether your name is Kuhn, Karl, Kevin or Kimura,
    We want to share our lessons that might help you better combat the virus.
    We hope the day will come soon when we can celebrate our victory against the virus together.
    From K in “Wonderland”
    (Source: Ministry of culture, Sports and Tourism / Korean Culture and Information Service)

  • Measures by the City of Athens against COVID-19

    -Measures for the Digital Reconstruction of the services in the City of Athens
    -Economic Relief Measures of the City of Athens Against the Coronavirus
    -Social Measures of the City of Athens
    -Two New Structures of the City of Athens
    -Measures for Total Sanitation in the City of Athens etc.

  • Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine shares how the COVID-19 test is conducted in South Korea

    Korea has been conducting a large number of tests in the early stages of the pandemic by establishing a system that can accurately and quickly conduct tests nationwide. This is possible because of the excellent clinical pathologists, high standards of laboratories,and rapidly developed diagnostic kits. Sourece: Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine.

  • An Ordinance for the Second Declaration of a Local State of Emergency Related to COVID-19; and for Other Purposes.

    Beginning on March 20, 2020 and expiring on April 7, 2020, Anthens-Clarke County, Georgia enacted the following ordinance with the declaration of local state of emergency related to COVID-19. The Unified Government of the County, the Mayor, and Commission have the right and authority to exercise the Emergency Operations Plan to protect the safety and health of inhabitants. It is stated that while all individuals must self-isolate in their residence, they may leave their residence for only stated “Essential Activities” or “Essential Travel”. Noted businesses with a facility in the County must cease operations though remaining Minimum Basic Operations.

  • Ordinance Amending the Ordinance on Measures Necessary to Stem the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in Berlin

    Beginning on April 3, 2020 and expiring on April 19, 2020, the ordinance with detailed directions has been enacted. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, public and private events, commercial enterprises, schools, and other facilities are prohibited from public opening. Hospitals must go under special provisions for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 or those suspected. Also, the ordinance states temporary contact restrictions within the City of Berlin for persons to stay in their home at all times, and that leaving home must require a proof of reasons. Likewise, returning travelers must be home quarantined for 14 days.

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