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  • Seoul runs emergency coronavirus support center for foreign residents

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    [Anchor] The Seoul city government is running an emergency consultation center where foreign residents can get information on virus in 8 languages. The service is available for all of the capital’s international residents regardless of their immigration status. Lee Kyung-eun went to check it out and further report.

    [Reporter] The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Tuesday that it has designated its Southwest Global Center as an emergency coronavirus center for foreign residents.
    Here, they can report suspected cases, find out how to get to designated hospitals, and have someone come with them to hospital to help with translation if needed.

    “The center is located in Yeongdeungpo-gu District which is home to some 40-thousand foreign residents. They make up more than 14 percent of the district’s total population, which is the highest concentration of foreign residents in Seoul.”

    The service is available in eight languages, including English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
    This is to make sure that foreign residents can fully receive public support that they could miss out on due to the language barrier.

    “Actually, language barrier is the most important thing to any person. So it is helping us about our situations they can provide us information in our language so it’s very helping.”

    The city also offers the service to undocumented foreign residents a measure necessary to effectively contain the virus.

    “Undocumented foreign residents can come here without having the fear of being reported to immigration.
    That exemption is necessary to encourage potential patients to report their cases at early stage and stop the virus from spreading.”

    Along with the city’s efforts, the South Korean government will provide financial support for any infected foreign residents.
    It will cover all costs associated with treatment as well as an allowance of roughly 3-hundred-80 U.S. dollars for the 14-day quarantine period.

    Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.