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

  • Date : 2020-04-22
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(4.17) Regular Briefing of Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters on COVID-19

- ▲ The current status of transport support for overseas entrants, and ▲ the progress of online school opening, 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 agendas including the ▲ current status of transport support for overseas entrants and the ▲ progress of online school opening, etc. at a video conference room in Government Complex Seoul.

□ Head Chung instructed, at the meeting, relevant ministries and local governments to remain on high alert over new cases imported from abroad and thoroughly prepare for the inflows, adding that the number of confirmed cases imported from abroad exceeds that of local communities.

○ He also said that regarding the online school opening, there would be a lot of trials and errors as lower graders in elementary schools are unfamiliar with information technology (IT) devices and have short attention spans during classes, requesting to put utmost effort to provide more effective online classes.


1. Current status of transport support for overseas entrants


□ The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has been implementing transport support measures for entrants from abroad to prevent the potential transmission during their travel from Incheon International Airport to local cities, starting from March 22 (sun).

○ Using a personal vehicle is highly recommended when returning home for overseas entrants but in case it is not available, they should use the designated airport limousine buses or KTX cars which overseas entrants exclusively use. Using AREX and city-buses is not permitted.

- Designated airport buses travel to a total of 38 regional hub-stations for metropolitan areas (117 times per day on average). In the case of long-distance stations, overseas entrants travel to Gwangmyeong Station on a designated shuttle bus and then to the local hub-stations by KTX (an exclusive compartment for overseas entrants, 45 times per day). Once arriving at the local hub-stations, local government officials support their travel from the stations to the final destinations such as health centers or homes.

○ In addition, the authorities run taxis* with strengthened quarantine measures applied for entrants from abroad to block the virus infections. From today, the arrival time of late-night international flights will be adjusted from 22:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. - 20:00 p.m., which will enable overseas entrants to use KTX or airport limousines without a need to wait long at Incheon Airport.

* ① Separate platforms for inbound travelers and the general public; ② Taxis with quarantine measures applied such as installing plastic partitions or wearing protective clothing are exclusively permitted to enter the platform for overseas entrants.

□ The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters announced it will continue to thoroughly manage the transport support for overseas entrants, saying that “Given that the car or taxi utilization rate by overseas entrants has increased by about 1.5 times compared to usual, it seems that they are trying not to contact with other people as much as possible.”

* Current status of transport used by overseas entrants (April 1~15, 71,862 people in total): car·taxi 60% (43,104), exclusive airport bus 19.8% (14,265), shuttle bus and KTX 15.4% (11,051), chartered bus 3.6% (2,611), others 1.2% (831)


2. The progress of online school opening


※ The Ministry of Education plans to provide a separate briefing on this information.


3. Interim results of collecting public opinions on daily life quarantine system


□ In March, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters conducted an online survey (2,200 people participated) to find out what the public actually wondered regarding life quarantine, and gauged valuable opinions from the public and reflected them in the process of developing guidelines.

□ Following the recent public opinion gathering, the authorities have been conducting an online survey for two weeks from April 12 (Sun) to 26 (Sun) to actively collect questions and suggestions on core rules of daily life quarantine.

* Core rules: ① Take a rest at home for 3~4 days if you feel sick; ② Keep a distance of two arms-length from others; ③ Ventilate and disinfect surroundings regularly; ④ Wash your hands often and thoroughly and cover your mouth with sleeve when coughing; ⑤ Be together in the mind while keeping the physical distance.

○ So far, 5,135 people (as of 13:00 p.m., April 15) haven taken part in this survey, and provided various opinions on key rules of daily life quarantine at the institutional and social levels.

□ The authorities will continue to collect more opinions from the public and actively reflect them in developing sustainable quarantine guidelines.

○ Any Korean citizen can participate in the survey through the official websites of COVID-19 (ncov.mohw.go.kr), the Ministry of Health and Welfare (www.mohw.go.kr), and the ministry’s social networking sites (Facebook, Naver blog, etc.).

○ In addition, it is allowed to deliver opinions by using “Google Questionnaire Form (http://bitly.kr/vAaTwiqv)” which does not require an additional sign-up. Gifts will be provided for those giving opinions by lot.

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