||COVID-19 Updates in Korea (April 23)
A Message from AOCE-SICEM 2020 regarding the current COVID-19 situation in South Korea
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Organizing Committee of AOCE-SICEM 2020 would like to update participants on the latest situation in South Korea.
The Situation in South Korea:
Three months after the first confirmed case of COVID-19, the situation in South Korea has now been stabilized as the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak has been flattened significantly owing to strict social distancing and rigorous quarantine measures.
The government reports 8 new daily cases on average of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 10,702 (as of April 23). Of the country’s total cases, 8,411 people have recovered, which is over 75% of the total number of confirmed cases.
In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading again, the South Korean government keeps their guard up and extends its social distancing policy for another 16 days but with slightly relaxed guidelines than before and if we can maintain a stable management at the current level, we will shift to 'routine social distancing' from May 6.
Actions for those from overseas:
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the control tower for disease control spearheads the response, assists stronger quarantine inspection measures for overseas travelers. Beginning on April 1, the Korean government imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all passengers irrespective of their country of departure.
We, the organizing committee expect the nation’s immigration regulations to become loose within several months as confirmed COVID-19 cases have dropped sharply in South Korea and other countries have also seen the curve start to flatten. Considering this trend, we believe that the mandatory quarantine will be eased after summer, making it possible for AOCE-SICEM 2020 to take place successfully in October.
For the latest COVID-19 news and information in South Korea, please visit the Ministry of Health and Welfare website.
Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon so that we can enhance our professional network and global cooperation. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you to AOCE-SICEM 2020 later this year.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish for your safety and health.
Eun Jig Lee