A hospital chief who’s a part of South Korea’s central coronavirus response crew was recognized with the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, forcing quite a few officials into self-isolation, together with Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip.
Lee Yeong-sang, president of the Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, has tested optimistic for COVID-19, officials mentioned. He has overseen countermeasures to comprise the virus that sickened 30 sufferers to date at his hospital in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province
The hospital’s first COVID-19 affected person was recognized on March 5. Quite a few medical workers, sufferers and their members of the family, in addition to a customer, have since tested optimistic.
Upon Lee’s analysis, Vice Minister Kim and a number of other different officials on the Health Ministry went into self-isolation. Lee earlier attended a gathering of main hospital chiefs that Kim chaired on March 13 to debate countermeasures towards the pandemic.
Seongnam Mayor Eun Su-mi and a number of other metropolis officials have been tested for the virus, as that they had met with Lee and different members of the hospital workers on March 6. The outcomes have been nonetheless pending as of press time.
Lee reportedly wore a face masks whereas supervising the anti-virus measures at his hospital and complained of coughing and a runny nostril earlier than testing optimistic.