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(6.12) Regular Briefing of the Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters on COVID-19

  • Date : 2020-07-02
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Regular Briefing of the Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters on COVID-19 (6.12)

- Measures to reinforce infection control in the metropolitan area
- Current status of and plan for budget execution for healthcare and infection control in response to COVID-19, etc.

□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters held a meeting presided over by its head, Chung Sekyun (Prime Minister), and attended by representatives of government ministries and 17 city/provincial governments at the Central Disaster Safety Situation Room of the Government Complex Seoul and discussed measures to reinforce infection control in the metropolitan area, the current status of and plan for budget execution for healthcare and infection control in response to COVID-19, etc.

□ At the meeting, Head Chung Sekyun emphasized the need to start putting into action the preparations for the second wave of infection and ordered the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety to come up with extra patient beds as well as the Living and Treatment Centers to remain fully prepared for emergencies.

ㅇ Chung said that the full-scale introduction of the QR code entry log system for high-risk facilities on the day before yesterday appears to be causing confusion on site and urged the attendants to help it take firm root as soon as possible by publicizing how to use the system and addressing its shortcomings.

ㅇ Chung also requested that the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and all local governments, as the local public official examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow, conduct thorough infection prevention/control of examination venues for the examination to be safely carried out without any occurrence of infections.


1.Measures to Reinforce Infection Control in the Metropolitan Area


□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters reviewed the implementation status of the Measures to Respond to Cluster Infections in the Metropolitan Area released on May 28 (Thu) and discussed follow-up measures.

□ Cluster infections in the metropolitan area continue to spread despite the reinforced infection prevention/control scheduled to last until June 14 (Sun).

○ As such, the central and local governments decided to extend the duration of existing measures such as the restriction on gatherings at high-risk venues and the suspension of the operation of public facilities, while also implementing additional infection prevention/control measures to slow down cluster infections and accelerate the infection prevention/control authority’s tracking speed until the situation in the metropolitan area subsides.

○ The government set the goal of mitigating the situation to the level before shifting to “distancing in daily life”, when the average number of new confirmed cases per day stood at no more than 10, without setting a fixed deadline.

- To this end, the government will continue with the restrictions on gatherings at private educational institutes, Internet cafes, and other high-risk venues; the suspension of the operation of public facilities; the recommendation to refrain from non-urgent public events; and the reinforcement of infection prevention/control at workplaces.

- Pertinent ministries and local governments will join hands to thoroughly check whether vulnerable facilities are abiding by infection prevention/control regulations and respond to major violations with zero tolerance.

□ In response to the continued outbreak in the metropolitan area, the government also plans to realign the healthcare system to curb the spread of infection, step up the testing and tracing of suspected cases, and prepare for the second wave.

○ (Curbing the spread of infection) High-risk venues subject to forcible infection prevention/control regulations will be designated in addition to the existing eight types, and vulnerable facilities in blind spots will be intensively monitored based on the opinions of experts on the front lines.

- The supply of more breathable anti-droplet masks suitable for the summer months will be expanded, and promotional activities, guidance, and administrative measures for wearing protective masks at facilities frequented by large groups of people will be reinforced.

- The government also plans to assess and share the infection risk of diverse activities from shopping to dining out and playing sports to help the public remain alert and perform personal hygiene more thoroughly.

* The University of Michigan in the US is assessing and disclosing the infection risk of 36 major activities including shopping, camping, dining out, and visiting amusement parks in 10 different levels.

○ (Enhancement of testing and tracing) In order to identify confirmed cases in a preemptive manner, the government will perform diagnostic tests regardless of the manifestation of symptoms in the blind spots of infection prevention/control such as gosiwon (a dormitory-style housing facility consisting of multiple micro-compact units, typically used by underprivileged groups) and jjokbang (another form of housing that makes use of older facilities divided into micro-compact rooms, also typically used by underprivileged groups). The government is also reviewing the possibility of temporarily extending free testing for those with symptoms if deemed necessary.

- In order to lessen the burden on frontline healthcare workers assigned to diagnostic testing, the central government will dispatch more healthcare workers on a temporary basis and distribute cooling vests.

- It was decided to increase the number of epidemiological investigation officers in the metropolitan area* to enable prompt epidemiological investigations and early separation/quarantine while also closely cooperating with the National Police Agency’s Rapid Response Team at all times.

* Epidemiological investigation officers in non-metropolitan areas will be temporarily stationed in the metropolitan area in collaboration with the Central Disease Control Headquarters.

- The government plans to introduce the QR code entry log system for high-risk venues as scheduled and mandate private educational institutes* and Internet cafes in the metropolitan area to install the system, except for where special circumstances exist. The government will strongly recommend the use of the system to other venues as well to rapidly identify users when necessary.
* As for educational institutes, the Ministry of Education will come up with more detailed guidelines as many users are underage and do not have mobile phones (e.g., guidelines for distinguishing between venues required to install the system and those excluded from the obligation, etc., to be set by June 30 when the guidance period for the QR code entry log system ends).

○ (Realignment of the healthcare system) The government will finalize the joint patient bed preparation plan for different regions in the metropolitan area as soon as possible, while also opening two state-designated joint Living and Treatment Centers* in addition to the Living and Treatment Centers operated by local governments.
* Training Institute for SMEs and Venture Companies (Ansan, Gyeonggi-do) and Employment & Labor Training Institute (Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do)


2. Analysis of Traffic in the Metropolitan Area


□ The Central Disaster Management Headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (headed by Minister Park Neung-hoo) analyzed mobile phone network traffic, credit card sales, and public transit (buses, subways, and taxis) use to identify the traffic status of residents in the metropolitan area in the wake of reinforced infection prevention/control in the metropolitan area (May 29 - June 14).

<Data Used for the Analysis of Movement of Residents in the Metropolitan Area>

Used data

Item

Provided by

Note

Mobile phone network traffic

Cases of population movement

S Telecom

Calculated into cases of movement where a user of S Telecom visited a neighborhood (dong) in cities, counties, and districts other than those where he/she actually resides and stayed for more than 30 minutes

Credit card sales

Amount spent

S Card

Estimated the total credit card sales based on the sales of S Card affiliates (insurance, telecommunications, home shopping, and online stores excluded)

Public transport use

Transportation use in the metropolitan area

Governments of Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi-do

Bus (both credit card and cash users), subway (including urban railway users), and taxi (excluding cash users) use in the metropolitan area calculated via Company T’s system

□ During the second weekend (June 6-7) after reinforced infection prevention/control began, the traffic of residents in the metropolitan area was found to be 97% of that on the previous weekend (May 30-31) and 96% of that on the weekend of May 23-24 prior to the implementation of reinforced infection prevention/control in the metropolitan area.

➊ (Mobile phone network traffic) During the second weekend (June 6-7) after reinforced infection prevention/control began, mobile phone network traffic decreased by 1.4% (approximately 464,000 cases) compared to the previous weekend (May 30-31) and by 1.5% (approximately 527,000 cases) compared to the weekend of May 23-24.


<Mobile Phone Network Traffic on Weekends (Sat/Sun)>


단위: 천 건, 전체/수도권/비수도권, 완화된 사회적 거리두기(4.20~), 생활 속 거리두기(5.6~), 수도권 방역 강화(5.28~)
4.11-4.12, 4.18-4.19, 4.25-4.26, 5.2-5.3, 5.9-5.10, 5.16-5.17, 5.23-5.24, 5.30-5.31, 6.6-6.7(토요일-일요일)
Unit: thousand cases, Total/Metropolitan area/Non-metropolitan areas, Eased social distancing (from April 20), Distancing in daily life (from May 6), Reinforced infection prevention/control in the metropolitan area (from May 28)
April 11-12, April 18-19, April 25-26, May 2-3, May 9-10, May 16-17, May 23-24, May 30-31, June 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday)


➋ (Credit card sales) During the second weekend (June 6-7) after reinforced infection prevention/control began, credit card sales in the metropolitan area decreased by 3.3% (approximately KRW 43.6 billion) compared to the previous weekend (May 30-31) and by 4.9% (approximately KRW 66.5 billion) compared to the weekend of May 23-24.

<Credit Card Sales on Weekends (Sat/Sun)>

단위: 억원, 전체/수도권/비수도권, 완화된 사회적 거리두기(4.20~), 생활 속 거리두기(5.6~), 수도권 방역 강화(5.28~)
4.11-4.12, 4.18-4.19, 4.25-4.26, 5.2-5.3, 5.9-5.10, 5.16-5.17, 5.23-5.24, 5.30-5.31, 6.6-6.7(토요일-일요일)
Unit: KRW hundred million, Total/Metropolitan area/Non-metropolitan areas, Eased social distancing (from April 20),
Distancing in daily life (from May 6), Reinforced infection prevention/control in the metropolitan area (from May 28)
April 11-12, April 18-19, April 25-26, May 2-3, May 9-10, May 16-17, May 23-24, May 30-31, June 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday)

➌ (Transportation use in the metropolitan area) During the second weekend (June 6-7) after reinforced infection prevention/control began, the cases of bus, subway, and taxi use in the metropolitan area decreased by 4.6% (approximately 9.67 million cases) compared to the previous weekend (May 30-31) and by 5.7% (approximately KRW 66.5 billion) compared to the weekend of May 23-24.

<Cases of Bus, Subway, and Taxi Use in the Metropolitan Area on Weekends (Sat/Sun)>

단위: 천 건, 버스/지하철/택시, 완화된 사회적 거리두기(4.20~), 생활 속 거리두기(5.6~), 수도권 방역 강화(5.28~)
4.11-4.12, 4.18-4.19, 4.25-4.26, 5.2-5.3, 5.9-5.10, 5.16-5.17, 5.23-5.24, 5.30-5.31, 6.6-6.7(토요일-일요일)
Unit: thousand cases, Bus/Subway/Taxi, Eased social distancing (from April 20), Distancing in daily life (from May 6), Reinforced infection prevention/control in the metropolitan area (from May 28)
April 11-12, April 18-19, April 25-26, May 2-3, May 9-10, May 16-17, May 23-24, May 30-31, June 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday)

□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters announced that no notable changes were detected in the lifestyles of residents in the metropolitan area despite reinforced infection prevention/control based on the results of the metropolitan area traffic analysis.

○ The government strongly requested that residents in the metropolitan area remain alert and strictly follow the guidelines of the infection prevention/control authorities such as refraining from leaving home and attending gatherings, refraining from visiting facilities frequented by many people, and adhering to social distancing as cluster infections continue to occur sporadically in the metropolitan area.


3. Current Status of and Plan for Budget Execution for Healthcare and Infection Prevention/Control in Response to COVID-19


□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters received a report on the current status of and plan for budget execution for healthcare and infection prevention/control in response to COVID-19 from the Central Disaster Management Headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (headed by Minister Park Neung-hoo) and discussed necessary measures.

○ The Central Disaster Management Headquarters allocated KRW 4.622 trillion as the budget (established budget, reserve fund, etc.) for healthcare and infection prevention/control in response to COVID-19 and projected the first-half execution to be 87.7% and the actually executed amount to be 79.3%.

- Most projects are being carried out as scheduled, while some are to be staged in phases until the end of the year. As such, the current actual execution rate turned out to be slightly low.

□ The costs for operating the temporary living facilities, etc., are calculated and settled ex post facto to better respond to emergencies. Outstanding costs for chartered buses to transport inbound travelers were paid through interim settlement, and measures were taken to rectify this to advance payment.

○ Also, steps were taken to rapidly execute the budget for installing air conditioners to protect frontline healthcare workers from the heat of the summer months.

□ The Central Disaster Management Headquarters decided to separately manage the budget in relation to the private sector, such as equipment expenses for healthcare institutions, personnel expenses, facility operating expenses, and damage compensation and ensure the prevention of any payment delays by paying for these items using the Proactive Governance.

○ In preparation for the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the Headquarters plans to further ensure timely budget execution by using and redirecting the reserve fund, drawing up a supplementary budget, using non-tax revenues, etc.


4. Implementation Status of Distancing in Daily Life


□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters received a report on the implementation status of distancing in daily life of each local government from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (Minister Chin Young) and discussed necessary measures.

○ On June 11 (Thu), each local government inspected a total of 23,115 facilities, including 4,024 entertainment venues and 4,509 public restrooms.

- Administrative guidance was issued to 182 cases of violations of infection prevention/control guidelines such as failing to update and keep track of visitors and ensuring the wearing of masks.

- In Jeollabuk-do, local city and county governments and the police performed joint inspections of 477 entertainment venues and issued administrative guidance for 10 cases of violations of infection prevention/control guidelines.

- In Gyeongsangnam-do, the government inspected whether social distancing in public restrooms, etc., was being followed properly and issued administrative guidance for 9 cases of violations of infection prevention/control guidelines.

○ Local governments, the police, and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety formed joint inspection teams (137 teams with a total of 1,087 officials) and performed special night-time inspections (22:00-02:00) targeting 4,517 entertainment venues such as night clubs and dance pubs.

- As a result, 928 establishments were identified to have been placed under business suspension. Necessary on-site measures were taken for 20 among the 3,229 in operation that were in violation of related guidelines by failing to ensure the wearing of masks and to check body temperature at the entrance.

□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters received a report on the findings from the inspection of blind spots of infection prevention/control (expressway service stations) from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and discussed related measures.

○ The 199 expressway service stations across the nation are frequented by many and unspecified people from diverse regions. They stay at these facilities for 10-30 minutes on average to use the restrooms and restaurants. As such, they can be hotbeds for the extensive spread of infections.

○ As such, the Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters formed inspection groups and conducted sample inspections* on ten expressway service stations across the nation.
* Each group consisting of four public officials (one from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, one from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, one infection prevention/control expert, and one from Korea Expressway Corporation) conducted inspections (June 9-10).

○ The findings indicated that most infection prevention/control guidelines have been complied with, such as arranging restaurant tables in a row, checking the body temperature of staff members, displaying promotional materials, and maintaining a proper distance in restrooms.

- However, some restaurants were found to have failed to follow the guidelines by allowing visitors to sit face-to-face. Visitors were also lining up in front of counters without sufficient distancing and using massage chairs placed too closely to each other.

- Restrooms and entertainment venues (small-sized rides for children, game machines, vending machines, etc.) were only being cleaned routinely as before and were not disinfected as guided.

○ In order to rectify these findings, the Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters plans to provide detailed disinfection guidelines to staff members of such facilities and step up infection prevention/control guidance for users.


5. Management of Those under Self-Quarantine


□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters reviewed the report on the current status of those placed under self-quarantine submitted by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (Minister Chin Young).

○ As of 18:00 on June 11 (Thu), the total number of those under self-quarantine stands at 37,221. Among them, 31,706 are inbound travelers and 5,515 are domestic residents.

- For the day, 2,622 were newly placed under self-quarantine, while 3,477 were released. As a result, the total number of those under self-quarantine was reduced by 825 compared to the previous day.

○ On June 11, six people were identified to have left their places of quarantine to visit the bank, purchase snacks, etc. Four among them were reported to the police, and two were given a warning.

- A total of 121 people have been required to wear the electronic “safe bands.” Among them, 103 have been released from self-quarantine, and 18 are currently wearing the bands.

○ The temporary living facilities are being operated for inbound travelers and those placed under self-quarantine without a place to stay (2,935 units at 79 locations). A total of 1,002 people have been accommodated at such facilities.
* (June 11) For the day, 228 entered the facilities and 197 were released, with a total of 387 healthcare workers, etc., stationed at such facilities.

□ The Central Disaster Safety and Countermeasure Headquarters earnestly requested those subject to self-quarantine not to violate the self-quarantine guidelines by leaving their place of quarantine unauthorized, etc., and to follow the government’s guidance.


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