The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has confirmed to date (19.02.2020), 46 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Korea.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Portuguese Embassy in Seoul advises citizens to follow the following prevention measures reported by the KCDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

- For more information on the subject given by South Korean authorities, you can consult the following website:

- WHO (World Health Organization) - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the public

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever;
  • Cough;
  • Sore throat;
  • Respiratory distress;

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you have been in China within the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, call the following number: 1339.



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