Seoul has completed an inspection of all 205 foreigners who entered South Korea from Wuhan, China, (between Jan. 13 and 25) in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). As of February 2, the contact information of 140 individuals have been obtained including information on whether they have departed from South Korea. Concerning the remaining 65 individuals whose information remains indeterminate, the city will confirm whether they have departed the country and conduct a follow-up survey.
It was on January 31 that Seoul received the list of 205 foreign visitors that it had requested from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Afterward, the city shared the list with its autonomous districts and appointed dedicated officials to promptly visit the addresses the foreign visitors had reported when they entered South Korea.
As to the 65 foreigners who have not yet been located as of February 2, Seoul will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Korea Immigration Service to check whether they have departed South Korea and conduct the follow-up survey together with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, operating a seamless preventive system.
It was verified that out of the 205 foreigners who came to South Korea from Wuhan, China between January 13 and 25, 2020, 185 were Chinese with the remaining 20 being from other countries including the US and Russia. Dedicated officials are designated one-to-one the each foreigner that has been located, running “active monitoring” in which they are checked for any symptoms twice a day. If any of the foreigners under management display or experience any symptoms, an epidemiological survey will follow immediately. He or she will be quarantined, and those who had contact with him or her will also be under control in order to thoroughly prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV to the local community.
Seoul will also continue to distribute goods for the prevention of the transmission of 2019-nCoV at spots crowded with tourists and inspect accommodations housing foreign guests, such as guest houses, as well as tourist destinations including Myeong-dong, to distribute guidance on preventive actions.