Updated Situation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (6th letter) from DH
Update on the development of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) in different countries and the issue of Red Outbound Travel Alert on Korea (also referred as “South Korea”) by the Government.
According to information from the health authority of Korea, there have been sharp increases in the daily number of confirmed cases since 19 February 2020, ranging from 51 to 352 cases per day. Other than Korea, community transmission was also occurring in some overseas countries such as Italy and Japan. Information on the number of cases reported in various countries/ areas is available on the designated website for
In response to the latest situation, the Government has issued a Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) on Korea on 24 February 2020 as there may be great potential and risk of exposure through travel given the significant flow of people between Korea and Hong Kong. We would like to remind healthcare workers to remain vigilant when serving patients with recent travel history to the Mainland China or Korea. Please advise them to consult a doctor promptly if they have a fever or other respiratory symptoms, and to inform the doctor of their recent travel history and any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
(See attached file: Letter to health professioanls_25 Feb 2020.pdf)
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