|As of 2 pm on the 28th, the number of confirmed cases related to the Eastern Detention Center increased by 233, recording a cumulative number of 748 patients. 2020.12.27/News1 © News1|
The trend of spreading outbreaks of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in the eastern detention center in Seoul is not unusual. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the Seoul East Detention Center increased to 748.
There are criticisms that the correctional authorities’ initial response was too easy. Experts pointed out that “the Department of Justice made a fatal mistake that was neglected while the infection spread.”
According to the Ministry of Justice on the 28th, there were a total of 748 confirmed patients at the Dongbu Detention Center, including 727 prisoners and 21 employees as of 2 p.m. Compared to the previous day, 233 people increased.
Of the 2844 total of 425 employees and 2419 prisoners, 748 were confirmed. It means that more than 1 out of 4 have been confirmed. There are still 31 people waiting for the results, so there is a possibility that more confirmed cases will come out.
According to the Ministry of Justice and the health authorities, the first confirmation of the Seoul Eastern Detention Center was the confirmation of one employee infected by his family on the 27th of last month.
The Ministry of Justice conducted a diagnostic test on a total of 499 people (20 employees, 298 prisoners) mainly from contacts until the 12th, confirming the infection of 11 employees.
Subsequently, on the 12th, a diagnostic test was conducted on all 425 employees, and three additional employees were confirmed. Two days later, on the 14th, one of the prisoners was confirmed for the first time.
On the 14th, the Ministry of Justice raised the need for a full inspection of prisoners, but the Ministry of Justice explained that Seoul and Songpa-gu gave an opinion that “it does not mean much,” and “it is better to decide according to future trends.”
Also two days later, two employees were confirmed. One of them was the personnel who worked for the inmate’s external hospital care. Accordingly, he explained that the Seoul East Detention Center had agreed to conduct a full inspection on the 18th by requesting a full inspection again from Seoul and Songpa-gu.
As a result of the third round of examination, a large number of confirmed patients appeared. As a result of the first total inspection, 185 prisoners and two employees were confirmed, and the second result was 298 prisoners and two employees. As a result of the third round, 233 additional prisoners were confirmed, and the number of confirmed patients increased to 74.
It is pointed out that it is difficult for the Ministry of Justice and the health authorities to avoid responsibility even though the initial confirmed cases came out on the 27th of last month, but did not take an active and preemptive response.
Eun-mi Chun, a professor of respiratory internal medicine at Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, pointed out that “if the infected person came out quite a bit on the 27th of the past month, a full investigation should be performed.”
“I found it too late is the biggest mistake,” he said. “Considering the nth infection and the incubation period, the confirmed cases will continue to come out.”
Choi Won-seok, a professor of infectious medicine at Korea University’s Ansan Hospital, also explained, “There are so many confirmed cases that there were many patients even when we first discovered them,” he said. “However, patients were introduced without recognition and continued to go there.”
It is pointed out that the closed culture of the’closed, dense, and close’ detention centers also contributed to the spread of group infections, but it is not free from criticism that there were many holes in initial quarantine response and management, given that group infections continued three times. .
Professor Choi pointed out, “The detention center itself is difficult to isolate,” and “I should have gathered people and patients with voices separately, but I would not have been able to confirm the outbreak in real time.”
“All patients could not have been asymptomatic. Management, quarantine, or measures would not have been done for the bequest box. There is a possibility that the prisoner with symptoms said’it’s okay’ to the guard.” He pointed out that if a patient is introduced from the space where it can occur and the unrecognized state continues to occur and repeated contact occurs, the number of infected patients increases tremendously.”
Professor Chun explained, “The fact that when new prisoners entered, only self-isolated and released without PCR testing, proves that the prisons do not have adequate quarantine policies.”