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  • Seoul Operates Emergency Medical Services for COVID-19

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    As of March 6, Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters has transported a total of 1,393 patients with COVID-19 symptoms using 119 emergency medical services. Among them, seven cases have been confirmed.

    ※ Records of 119 Response Related to COVID-19
    (Period: Feb. 22-Mar. 6)

    Records of 119 Response Related to COVID-19
    Category Total February March
    22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Reports of Suspected Cases
    (Unit: Case)
    6,232 282 164 438 509 631 569 360 616 502 498 368 549 335 411
    # of Transported Patients by 119 Ambulance
    (Unit: Person)
    1,003 41 49 76 59 75 95 64 83 74 84 81 81 69 72

    Source: Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters

    As of 7 a.m. on March 9, 22 firefighters are being monitored and are under self-quarantine as a result of their duties of transporting suspected COVID-19 patients. To date, no firefighter affiliated with the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    Additionally, in order to support Daegu, Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters first dispatched four ambulances and eight paramedics, and then an additional four ambulances and eight paramedics. As of March 9, 102 patients suspected of having COVID-19 have been transported using these services.

    In addition, Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters decided to introduce 28 “negative-pressure patient transport devices” that are necessary for transferring infectious patients. Six units will be first purchased and distributed to emergency medical services in first-line fire stations.

    Officials from Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters stress that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, including a high fever and cough, should call 1339 for consultation.