|Hongsoo Kim (Seoul National University)|
7th May 2020
This updated report on South Korea provides new data on the numbers of people who died with COVID-19 and who are presumed to have been infected in nursing homes or long-term care hospitals.
South Korea took decisive action to contain COVID-19 infections in care homes. On the 29th January, the government had introduced a monitoring system to check social welfare facilities’ compliance with infection control guidelines.
So far, of 247 deaths linked to COVID-19 in South Korea on the 30th of April, 20 (8.1%) were people presumed to have been infected in nursing homes, and another 64 (25.9%) in Long-Term Care Hospitals. Deaths in both types of settings would amount to 37.6% of the total. However, there were no deaths in nursing homes as all residents with potential COVID infections were transferred to hospitals.