The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus has been reported in Jeju.
A male patient in his twenties tested positive on the 19th after making a trip to (대구) Daegu. He returned to Jeju on a flight with 140 other passengers.
He is being quarantined in Jeju National University Hospital.
Mike Balfour reports.
[slug] 22-year-old man in military service tests positive for COVID-19
The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Jeju.
The patient is a 22-year-old man in military service.
[slug] Traveled to Daegu on Feb. 13 and returned to Jeju on Feb.18
He flew from Jeju to (대구) Daegu on February 13th for his vacation and returned to the island on February 18th wearing a mask.
[slug] Transported from airport to military camp by taxi
After his arrival back on the island, he moved to the air force camp near the Jeju International Airport. Before returning to the camp, he dropped by a convenience store in front of the camp.
[slug] Health authorities: Man did not travel downtown
Local health authorities say that he didn’t travel downtown.
[slug] Quarantined on Feb 19 for itchy throat and cough
The patient was quarantined in the camp for symptoms of an itchy throat and cough on February 19th.
[slug] Tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb.20
His first screening test was positive at the medical center at Cheju Halla General Hospital yesterday(February 20).
A second test done by the Korea Center for Disease reconfirmed the infection on the same day.
Lee Jung-hwan / Representative, Province
Won Hee-ryong / Governor
We have already completed quarantining the entire military unit and have disinfected the facilities on base.
We have also disinfected the taxi and convenience store that the patient visited and have ordered a temporary suspension of business operations.
The passengers who were on the same flight as the patient were also contacted and we have ordered the disinfection of the aircraft carrier as well as the self-quarantine of those who had contact with the patient.
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1차 양성자이기 때문에 확진을 위한 과정은 질본의 검사를 통해서 다시 한번 그 여부를 알려드리도록 하겠습니다.
[slug] Patient being quarantined in JNUH
The patient is currently being quarantined in a negative pressure room at Jeju National University Hospital.
[slug] Taxi driver quarantined, convenience store closed temporarily
The taxi driver who gave a ride to the patient is being self-quarantined and the convenience store that the patient visited is ordered to be temporarily closed.
The province is checking passengers who took the same flight with the patient. It was reported that there were 140 passengers on the flight.
[slug] Concerns on possible infection transmission during flight and while on base
There are concerns of possible virus spread while he was flying and staying at the military base.
[Reporter] Mike Balfour
[Camera] Hyeon Gwang-hoon, Ko Moon-su
The confirmation of Jeju’s first COVID-19 patient has increased islanders’ vigilance.
Mike Balfour, KCTV