South Korea

The first case of COVID-19 in South Korea was confirmed on 20 January 2020. By late February, the number of cases had jumped to around 350, mostly attributed to a single patient who attended a gathering of a Shincheonji Church in Daegu. The South Korean government cancelled mass gatherings in affected cities and has implemented comprehensive testing and tracking, enabling early isolation and treatment while minimising widespread mobility restrictions. By late April, new cases had declined to less than 15 per day, down from more than 500 per day in late February and early March.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases


  • Cases per 100,000 people


  • Deaths


  • Recovered cases


  • Days since first case


  • Days since 100 cases


  • Days since highest daily increase


These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

Government of South Korea COVID-19 policies

Last updated 9 May 2020

Movement of people

Physical distancing

Border measures

Citizens abroad

09 April 2020

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