The South Korean government announced on March 25 that mandatory two-week self-quarantine will be applied, starting from midnight March 27 and regardless of the presence or absence of COVID-19 symptoms, to those entering South Korea from the United States. In the event of any symptom, the same diagnostic tests as those applied to those from Europe will be conducted at an airport quarantine station.
The self-quarantine targeting people from the United States is because the number of confirmed infections in that country recently topped no less than 53,000 and the number of confirmed infections in South Korea attributable to such people is on the increase. As of midnight March 25, 100 new infections were confirmed, including 51 from abroad.
“A total of 34 infections from abroad were detected through quarantine processes, consisting of 28 South Koreans from abroad and six foreigners,” the government explained, adding, “In addition, 17 confirmations in local communities consist of 15 locals and two foreigners.”
The government has completed 227 examinations in relation to infections from abroad and locals account for 91 percent of those cases.