South Korea, a country that has not limited movements of its citizens and keeps its borders open, reported Thursday another 57 imported cases of coronavirus, six more than the day before, which is leading the authorities to reinforce controls.
In this way, more than half of the 104 infections detected on Wednesday by the Asian country originated outside South Korean territory, the Korean Center for the Control and Prevention of Communicable Diseases (KCDC) reported.
It is the second consecutive day that imported cases exceed domestic ones.
With the 104 new cases, South Korea adds 9,241 infections, of which 4,966 are active cases, 315 fewer than the day before.
As a result of the 414 medical discharges granted on Wednesday, 4,144 people have already been cured, 44.8% of the total infected.
On Wednesday there were also 5 more deaths from the pathogen, bringing the total death toll to 131.
Of the 57 imported cases, 30 were detected at airports and 27 in other parts of the country.
The most infected areas was the main focus of the country, formed by Daegu, about 230 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and the surrounding North Gyeongsang province, which supports 84% of all national infections and reported 38 cases on Wednesday. .
The region around Seoul, where half of the country’s population lives, registered 28 cases.´
The number of imported cases in the Asian country is already 284, of which 90% are returned South Korean citizens, the KCDC detailed today.
Given the increase in the number of positives from people coming from abroad, the authorities have reinforced measures at airports.
At the country’s main airfield, in Incheon (western Seoul), it has installed 16 stations to test a maximum of 2,000 passengers a day.
From this week South Korea forcibly analyzes all those travelers coming from Europe and forces them to keep a quarantine of 14 days regardless of the result, something that they will also start doing tomorrow with every traveler from the United States.
In any case, South Korea, which became the second country in the world most affected by the pathogen, has managed to reduce and stabilize the number of new infections in recent weeks thanks to its large-scale testing system and exhaustive tracking of possible infections.