On Feb. 23, 2020, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to immediately launch its seven preemptive countermeasures starting on Feb. 24, including a significant reinforcement of the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters’ disaster response system, a full implementation of a different-time commuting system for civil servants of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and an intensive disinfection of The Catholic University of Korea–Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital.
Moreover, the SMG will transparently disclose information about the COVID-19 situation and strengthen its communication with citizens by holding the “COVID-19 Regular Briefing” every day at 11 AM as well as its YouTube broadcast at 3 PM every day.
As the outbreak of COVID-19 worsens, the SMG is concentrating its total capacity on implementing preemptive countermeasures at local level to completely block infections within communities and respond to the raised crisis level of “Critical.”
The SMG will immediately take preemptive countermeasures for high-risk and vulnerable areas that have emerged during the span of COVID-19’s domestic and international outbreaks, taking into consideration the characteristics of COVID-19, such as its high infectivity, through discussions with experts.
The SMG has been maintaining its course of preemptive countermeasures set in response to the raised level of “Critical” even since when the crisis level of COVID-19 was assessed to be at “Alert.” Despite the worsening situation, the SMG has been diligent in its response as well as prevention of the spread of COVID-19, such as preventing infections within communities, together with the Korean national government.
The SMG will integrate its preemptive countermeasures for this raised crisis level of “Critical” into seven comprehensive countermeasures, including ▴a significant reinforcement of its disaster response system, ▴parallel operation of medical and quarantine response systems, ▴prioritized disinfection of high-risk facilities (i.e. The Catholic University of Korea–Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital, and Shincheonji churches) as well as reinforced management of high-risk persons,
▴emergency measures to minimize close contact among citizens (introduction of a different-timed commuting system and restrictions on citizen assemblies), ▴temporary shutdown of multi-purpose facilities (i.e. social welfare centers, nurseries and daycares as well as cultural facilities) to limit voluntary movement, ▴conversion of TBS into a special disaster broadcasting channel, and ▴restructuring of Citizen Action Tips that pertain to the “Critical” level.
Moreover, the SMG held an emergency briefing on the 21st and announced that citizen assemblies at Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul Plaza and Cheonggye Plaza are restricted and that it will close Shincheonji churches in Seoul. You can find out more information about the status of COVID-19 in Seoul such as the disinfection and quarantine of multi-purpose facilities and confirmed patients via CLEAN ZONE (http://www.seoul.go.kr/coronaV/cleanzone.do) of the SMG website.