|Airplanes are parked at Jeju International Airport on Jeju Island, March 24. A woman, 19, a Seoul resident, was confirmed to have COVID-19 after traveling around the island for five days. Yonhap|
By Jung Min-ho
A woman, 19, was confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 after traveling around Jeju Island for five days, authorities said Wednesday.
According to the Jeju government, the woman and three other people, including her mother, arrived on Jeju March 20 and ― despite her coronavirus symptoms ― traveled around the island before being confirmed to have the disease at a Seoul health center on March 24.
As a result, 38 people, who had been in close contact with her, are now under quarantine in their homes. Most of them are residents of Jeju, an island with a population of 670,000.
Their movement information, which is available on the Jeju government website, shows they stayed at Hanwha Resort Jeju for the first two nights and at Haevichi Hotel and Resort Jeju for the other two. All places they visited have been disinfected.
The patient, a college student in the United States, returned to Korea on March 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
She told health officials that she started showing symptoms such as a cough and phlegm on the first day she arrived on Jeju.
As of Thursday morning, seven people were confirmed to have been infected with the virus on Jeju.