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

  • Date : 2020-03-31
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(3.30) Regular Briefing of Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters on COVID-19

- ▲Measures to enhance infection prevention and control of entrants from abroad and its current status, and ▲current status regarding supply and demand of masks, and etc. -

□ The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters held a meeting today presided over by Head Chung Sekyun (Prime Minister) along with the central government and 17 cities and provinces to discuss ▲measures to enhance infection prevention and control of entrants from abroad and its current status, and ▲current status regarding supply and demand of masks, and etc. at the Central Disaster and Safety Management Center in Government Complex Seoul.

□ Head Chung emphasized, at the meeting, that as we are approaching the second week of the enhanced social distancing, the central and local governments should work together to achieve meaningful outcomes.

○ At a time when cases are increasingly imported from other countries, he urged the relevant ministries to put more efforts to make sure the self-quarantine protection app functions well.

○ Pointing out some are faced with the lack of thermometers, he called for resolving inconveniences of the public by better managing stocks and providing them first to those who essentially need them.

○ The Prime Minister also directed the relevant ministries including the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to review supply and demand of antiseptic ethanol and develop countermeasures.


1. Measures to enhance infection prevention and control of entrants from abroad and its current status


□ The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters starts to apply the enhanced infection prevention and control measures to entrants arriving from abroad from 00:00, April 1.

○ Currently, only arrivals from Europe and the United States are self-isolated, but going forward, all Koreans and foreign nationals arriving from all parts of the world will go into self-quarantine, in principle, for 14 days upon entry. This measure came to prevent infection factors from being imported from other countries amid COVID-19 spreading globally at a rapid pace.

○ Also, those entering the nation for short-term stay who used to be under active surveillance without any isolation should go into self-quarantine in principle, except for some exceptional cases.

○ In particular, given that short-term visitors do not have a fixed residence suitable for self-isolation, they are allowed to use isolation facilities prepared by the government so that every quarantine subject can go into self-quarantine. In that case, expenses incurred from using such facilities will be collected from users.

○ The government supports the expenses of diagnostic tests and treatment for overseas entrants. Such support is for public interest to block the spread of infection, not a benefit. However, living support expenses are not provided considering that the entry to Korea is a personal choice and concerned voices were raised that providing living expenses might induce more overseas entrants.

○ If people coming from abroad do not comply with quarantine rules, they can be punished by imprisonment for no more than 1 year or by a fine not exceeding KRW 10 million (to be effective from Apr. 5) on the ground of violating the quarantine act, and the infectious disease control and prevention act*. Foreign violators can be subject to deportation, prohibition of entry, and others in accordance with the immigration act**. So all entrants should thoroughly abide by the rules.

* Article 17 and 39 of the quarantine act, article 49.1 and 79.3 of the infectious disease control and prevention act
** Article 11 and 46 of the immigration act

<Quarantine Flowchart on Overseas Arrivals (from 00:00, Apr. 1)>

Symptom

Diagnostic tests for all Koreans and foreigners at airport

Positive: Transferred to hospitals or community treatment centers

Negative: Self-quarantine for 14 days (short-term visitors to be isolated in facilities)

No-

symptom

Koreans

Europe: Self-quarantine for 14 days, diagnostic test within 3 days

Others: Self-quarantine for 14 days, diagnostic test when symptom appears

Foreign

nationals

Long-term stay

Europe: Diagnostic tests at airport, self-quarantine for 14 days

Others: Self-quarantine for 14 days, diagnostic test when symptom appears

Short-term stay

Europe: Diagnostic tests at airport, facility isolation for 14 days

Others: Facility isolation for 14 days, diagnostic test when symptom appears

Excepted from isolation: Diagnostic tests at airport, active surveillance


□ Plus, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters was reported and reviewed the current status of managing overseas entrants by Incheon Metropolitan City.

○ In consideration of proximity and geographical location of Incheon Airport, the city is expanding the diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on more overseas arrivals through separate guides, and has them undergo the tests at screening clinics in the process of being transported to homes for self-quarantine.


2. Progress of financial support for small businesses


□ The government announced the current status of guarantees supported to small businesses affected by COVID-19 backed by 16 Regional Credit Guarantee Foundations across the nation.

○ The financial assistance for small business owners is provided mostly in connection with guarantees of the Regional Credit Guarantee Foundations. As a recent surge in the demand produced bottlenecks in some foundations, it was decided to review guarantees executed by each regional foundation through a Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters meeting on a weekly basis.

□ As of 00:00, March 27, the number of consultations conducted and applications submitted to seek guarantees stood at a total of 298,042 in all regional guarantee foundations.

○ Among them, the letters of credit guarantee were issued to 134,401 applications (45.1%), and 96,928 cases saw their loans executed (Annex 1).

□ The government also developed the “fast scheme on financial support execution for small businesses” on March 27 with contents of diversifying channels to meet small businesses’ demand for the funding assistance which was mainly centered on regional foundations so that it can also be covered by commercial banks and the Industrial Bank of Korea depending on their credit ratings.

○ If this measure is well applied in the field, the Regional Credit Guarantee Foundations are expected to execute the funds even faster.

○ The authorities said they plan to review the guarantees provided for small businesses on a regular basis for a while through the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters meetings.


3. Current status regarding supply and demand of masks


※ A separate briefing is planned for this information. In case of any query, contact to the following information:

Affiliation

Division

Contact Information

Ministry of Economy and Finance

Economic Policy Division

044-215-2710, 2712

Price Policy Division

044-215-2770, 2771

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy

Bio-Convergence Industry Division

044-203-4390, 4391

Public Procurement Service

Procurement Planning Division

042-724-7210, 7265

Ministry of Food and Drug Safety

Customer Risk Prevention Policy Division

043-719-1711, 1722


※ All Koreans faced with issues regarding exorbitant prices of or hoarding masks and hand sanitizers are strongly advised to actively report to the authorities through the reporting center (02-2640-5057/5080/5087), customer call center (1372), and MFDS website (www.mfds.go.kr).

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