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  • Seoul Sees Slight Reduction in Transfer of Suspected COVID-19 Patients; Citizen Sends Encouragement with Masks and Letter

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters revealed, “A total of 2,843 patients suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms were transferred via 119 ambulances (as of March 23), and among those transferred, 43 were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.”

    ※ Current State of Services Provided by 119 Ambulances in Relation to COVID-19
    (Period: March 9 -20)

    ※ Current State of Services Provided by 119 Ambulances in Relation to COVID-19
    Category Total (individuals)
    (As of January 24- March 23, 07:00)
    Number Second week of March Third week of March
    8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
    Transfer of suspected patients(individuals) 2,843 1,075 59 81 123 85 80 92 67 74 81 72 63 65 65 68
    Confirmed patients(individuals) 43 27 0 5 4 5 4 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 0

    Source: Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters

    27 firefighters who transferred suspected patients are under observation for infection and in self-quarantine as of 9 a.m. on March 23.

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    Dobong Fire Station practices “social distancing” Partitions installed in a cafeteria to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Jungbu Fire Station)

    In addition, the city presented the “social distancing” countermeasures to block the risk of infections among 119 paramedics who work on the scene of the COVID-19 outbreaks and to prevent infections among staff members.

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    On the 18th, a father and a child (6-7 years of age), who chose to remain anonymous, visited Songpa Fire Station and delivered 43 masks with a handwritten letter that said, “We wanted to deliver masks to the firefighters who are working hard.” On the 23rd, two brothers who attend Hakdong Elementary School in Gangnam-gu visited Gangnam Fire Station and delivered 21 masks and a letter of encouragement saying, “Stay strong, Mr. Firefighter.”

    Words of encouragement and mask donations continue to be made to 119 paramedics with the message to “use the masks on-site” when transferring COVID-19 confirmed patients.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters stated, “On the 22nd, a second grader from Kayang Elementary School sent a handwritten letter and masks that they had accumulated to Gangseo Fire Station, expressing their gratitude. On the 23rd, two brothers who attend Hakdong Elementary School in Gangnam-gu visited Gangnam Fire Station and delivered 21 masks and a letter of encouragement saying, ‘Stay strong, Mr. Firefighter.”