COVID-19 confirmed, recovered, and test cases South Korea 2020

As of November 20, 2020, South Korea confirmed 30,017 cases of infection including 501 deaths after the first case of coronavirus in the country in January 2020. As of the same date, 26,263 patients were released from quarantine after making a full recovery from the virus. In total, almost 2.9 million people have been tested until now.

Case development trend

In the middle of February 2020, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began to increase exponentially from patient 31, who was known as a super propagator. With a quick response by the government, the daily new cases once dropped to a single-digit. In May 2020, around three hundreds of new infections were related to cluster infections that occurred in some clubs at Itaewon, an entertainment district in Seoul. Seoul and the metropolitan areas were hit hard by this Itaewon infection. Following the second wave of infections in August, Korea is facing the third wave this November with 200 to 300 confirmed cases every day.

Economic impact on Korean economy

The Korean economy is interdependent on many countries over the world, so the impact of coronavirus on Korean economy is significant. According to the recent OECD forecasts, South Korea's GDP growth shows a 0.3% decline from the 2.3% expected during last year. The first sector the Coronavirus impacted was tourism, caused by decreasing number of inbound tourists and domestic sales. In the first quarter of this year, tourism revenue was expected to decrease by 2.9 trillion won. In addition, Korean companies predict that the damage caused by the losses in sales and exports this year will be significant. In particular, the Korean automotive industry, which is closely related to China, is considered to be the industry most affected by the coronavirus as automobile production and parts supply stopped at factories in China.

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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed, recovered, and test cases in South Korea as of November 20, 2020

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November 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

November 20, 2020

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