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. 2020 Mar 16;35(10):e112.
doi: 10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e112.

Report on the Epidemiological Features of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in the Republic of Korea From January 19 to March 2, 2020

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Report on the Epidemiological Features of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in the Republic of Korea From January 19 to March 2, 2020

Korean Society of Infectious Diseases et al. J Korean Med Sci. .
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Abstract

Since the first case of coronavirus disease19 (COVID-19) was reported in Wuhan, China, as of March 2, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 was 89,069 cases in 67 countries and regions. As of 0 am, March 2, 2020, the Republic of Korea had the second-largest number of confirmed cases (n = 4,212) after China (n = 80,026). This report summarizes the epidemiologic features and the snapshots of the outbreak in the Republic of Korea from January 19 and March 2, 2020.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Epidemiology; Korea; SARS-CoV-2.

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The authors have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Fig. 1. Timeline of COVID-19. (A) Whole country of Republic of Korea. (B) Religious group in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do. (C) Hospital exposure in Eunpyeong St. Mary's Hospital and the Korea University Anam Hospital emergency room in Seoul.
Patient 31 was the first case related to the religious group. Daenam Hospital has a mental ward where many casualties occurred. ROK = Republic of Korea, Pt = patient, COVID-19 = Coronavirus disease-19, KCDC = Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WHO = World Health Organization, PHEIC = Public Health Emergency of International Concern, PCR = polymerase chain reaction, ER = emergency room, sx = symptom.
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Fig. 2. Number of confirmed patients with COVID-19 by March 2, 2020. (A) Cumulative frequency curve in the Republic of Korea and selected cities and provinces. (B) Number of confirmed cases with COVID by locations in ROK. (C) Age distribution in whole ROK (left) and in Gyeonggi-do (right) (D) Sex distribution of confirmed cases in the nation (left) and Gyeonggi-do (right) (number, %). (E) Epidemic curves of COVID-19 patients in Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
Province and city-specific numbers of patients have been reported since February 20, 2020. The numbers in the table at the bottom of the figure represent the number of cases in each specific location on each date from February 20 to March 2, 2020. ROK = republic of Korea, COVID-19 = Coronavirus disease-19.
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Fig. 3. Cumulative pediatric cases in the Republic of Korea as of March 2, 2020.
aThe child was presumed to have been infected by a familial exposure. He attended the daycare center one day before the symptom onset; bThe youngest pediatric case as of March 2, 2020.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4. Mortality cases with Coronavirus disease-19 in the Republic of Korea as of March 2, 2020.

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