Overseas students in South Korea return home in 10 hours: South Koreans decide to return home without masks

 Overseas students in South Korea return home in 10 hours: South Koreans decide to return home without masks

On the morning of the 26th, Wen he grabbed the ticket that day and immediately decided to return home; 10 hours later, he arrived at his hometown and entered the hotel for isolation. On the way back home, some Korean students advised him to hurry back to school and some Chinese students asked him about returning home.

Novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic a sudden turn for the worse. As of 16:00 local time on the 29th, 3150 cases had been confirmed in South Korea; 813 cases had been newly confirmed on the same day, once again refreshing the maximum number of newly confirmed cases in South Korea.

On February 29, in Daegu, South Korea, epidemic prevention personnel disinfected the East Daegu station, a transportation hub.

Wenhe studied in a famous university in South Korea.

Recently, the diagnosis novel coronavirus pneumonia has increased sharply in Korea. According to Yonhap, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has increased at a three digit rate since the 25th. As of 16:00 on the 29th, there have been 3150 cases in total, 28 of which have been cured and 17 have died. The number of confirmed cases released by the South Korean government was 1261 in 26 Japanese and on the night of returning home. Within three days, the number of confirmed cases in South Korea increased by 149.8%.

Pedestrians walk past a shop selling masks in Mingdong, Seoul, South Korea, on February 29.

Wen said that China novel coronavirus pneumonia has been well aware of the new crown pneumonia epidemic because of its concern about domestic news reports. It is very familiar with the infectious points of virus, mainly through droplet and feces transmission, long incubation period and concealment, and frequent wearing of masks and frequent hand washing. Shortly after the Spring Festival, he went to buy masks, which he could barely get. The next day, the masks online and offline were sold out, and they have been out of stock since then.

However, Wen he observed that few Koreans wore masks around. The school provides a single dormitory for students returning from China for 14 days. Wen he, who didnt return to China during the Spring Festival, was isolated for two weeks for his own safety and that of the people around him. As soon as the isolation was over, the students in the laboratory met for dinner and celebration, which left him in a dilemma. The key to the prevention and control of the epidemic is not to gather, but its hard to refuse because of the gathering of Korean culture. Whats the significance of my isolation?

On the night of dinner with classmates, Wenhes professor invited you to dinner again. During this period, the professor said to Wen he, its really hard to be isolated for two weeks alone. At that time, professors and students still did not wear masks.

As the epidemic spread, several suspected cases emerged in schools. According to the article and introduction, these suspected cases are all confirmed patients at home, they have fever symptoms, and are taken to the hospital by the school health care center for testing. A few hours later, the test results will be available. Fortunately, these results are all negative.

Before the suspected students are taken to the examination, they are always free to move in restaurants, libraries and other places without any protective measures. This makes Wenhe feel a little dangerous. We cant impose our ideas on others, we have to defend ourselves. Wen he wore masks and goggles when he went to the lab because his lab project required frequent contact with strangers.

As expected, the students in the lab saw Wen he, who was fully armed, and laughed at him. Some joked that they could buy a gas mask and that their lab could hold on to the last minute..

Novel coronavirus pneumonia is concentrated in China. Is China safer than South Korea?

To this end, Wenhes answer is yes. He offered three reasons:

First, before he left, there were more than 1000 confirmed cases among the 50 million people in South Korea, while in his hometown, a city with a population of more than 20 million, there were less than 50 confirmed cases. In terms of density, the risk coefficient of South Korea is higher.

Second, South Korea is in the outbreak period, and the number of new confirmed cases is growing rapidly every day. In China, except for Hubei, the number of new cases has remained low for some time.

The third and most critical point is that Korean people still have poor awareness of protection and strong mobility of personnel. Their laboratories are exposed to strangers from all sides all day long due to project reasons. In China, everyone is very conscious to restrain themselves, prevent being infected by the epidemic and infect others.

Without much hesitation, Wen he bought a ticket to go home the next day when he was laughed at. That afternoon, he set foot on his way home.

Reporters from Nandu noted that as of the morning of the 29th, 71 countries and regions had taken entry control measures against South Korea due to the epidemic, 33 of which were completely or partially prohibited from entering the country. South Koreas Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert the day before, suggesting that citizens planning to visit these countries and regions postpone or cancel their exit plans, so as to avoid unexpected inconvenience and danger.

Its not easy to get tickets back home. From grabbing the ticket to getting on the plane, Wen he left only four hours to ask for leave from the professor, pack his luggage and arrive at the airport.

This article and my friend Hua Xin who is going to stay in Thailand for a while. Recently, flights from Seoul to China have been cancelled in large areas, and ticket prices have skyrocketed. Wen hes ticket home is more than three times higher than usual, and there is almost no ticket. Wen he and Hua Xin calculated that the air fare alone would be enough to go to Thailand for more than a week. They have two plans: to buy tickets to Thailand on a more recent date or to go home later.

On the morning of the 26th, Wen he, who had just woken up from his sleep, turned on his mobile phone and happened to get a ticket home. He immediately decided to go home. After phone communication with his parents, he bought the ticket and prepared it quickly.

On the way to the airport, Wen he told his classmates about his leave. Someone called him specifically to ask if he had bought a ticket. If he didnt, he would hurry back to school.

This kind of persuasion is also out of good intentions: for those who are under great academic pressure to go to the doctors degree, it really takes a lot to go home for a period of time when they are about to start school. For example, dormitories that have already paid for their rooms should be vacant, school opening procedures cannot be handled by themselves, laboratory projects cannot continue to participate, and the most important thing is that an exam related to when to graduate will not be able to participate on time.

In short, to choose this time to go home, we should not only throw away a large amount of expenses, but also delay the time of graduation for half a year. After all, its not easy for a doctor to graduate. Who doesnt want to graduate early? Wen he said.

There are also Chinese students asking him about going home. But according to the article and observation, most people are hesitant. The reason for hesitation is not only the consideration of time and money. Some people also consider that they are at high risk in South Korea, and it is possible to bring the virus back to their families.

On the evening of the 26th, Wen he took a bus from school to Incheon Airport, then a plane to his hometown airport. Finally, he drove his parents car to the designated hotel in the community for 14 days of isolation. He never took off his mask all the way. There are less than ten people on the bus to the airport, most of them Chinese compatriots. Everyone is wearing masks. But outside the car window, there are still very few people wearing masks on the street.

At Incheon Airport, each passenger took his or her temperature and filled in the information registration form. Wen he said that the passengers and crew on his Air China flight wore masks, did not distribute plane meals as usual, and almost no one took off the masks to eat.

Wenhes parents have contacted the community in advance and called about the isolation site designated by the community. In fact, he can choose to be isolated in his own home. But considering that it would expose his parents, he got off the plane, contacted a community worker and went straight to the quarantine hotel.

It was late at night when Wenhe stayed in the isolation hotel. Ten hours have passed since he bought the ticket. Friends are still surprised at what happened to him on this day. At the beginning, Hua Xin, who had an appointment with him to go to Thailand, booked a hotel in Thailand and bought a ticket to Thailand on the 28th.

The hotel is not far from Wenhes home. The price is 110 yuan for one days accommodation and 50 yuan for three meals a day. All of them need to be taken care of by themselves. There is a red seal on the door of the room. It says inspirational sentences. Every day, there is an aunt wearing protective clothing to deliver food on time; the isolation personnel should take their own temperature and report it in time.

During the isolation period, in addition to being unable to go out, Wenhe can still order takeout and receive express delivery, which are first placed at the front desk of the hotel and then transferred by the hotel service personnel. Due to the rush of time, Wen he only brought some books and no daily necessities home. These two days, his mother will send him something once a day, which is also put in the front desk of the hotel.

On the 27th, Wen hes mother was on a video call with him while delivering things. When he left the hotel, Wen he saw her through the window on the fifth floor. That was the first time he saw his mother when he returned home. However, because of the angle, despite looking up, my mother did not see him.

Wenhe observed that nearly 20 people were isolated in the hotel. They have a wechat group, in which the community staff will issue notices and precautions, and report the names of three meals. For example, there will be cabbage fried meat and laver egg soup for lunch on the 28th. Although he could not eat the big meal prepared by his parents as soon as he went home as usual, he felt a lot of peace at once.

His mother sent a message: you should learn to eat and sleep in another place, and if you want to be a mom and Dad, you can look at each other through the window upstairs, which is not bad. (smiling face)

Two days after Wen he returned home, Hua Xin also boarded a flight to Thailand overnight on the 28th, and arrived in Bangkok in the early morning of the 29th. Hua Xins hometown requires 21 days of isolation for immigrants from South Korea. He thinks he cant stay at home, so he should stay in Thailand.

On the day Hua Xin left, there was a confirmed case in a dormitory building of his school. Many Chinese students in the school live in dormitories, including this building. They all received the message from the dormitory administrator: a confirmed case occurred in a dormitory building, and the patient stayed in the dormitory for three hours on the 25th without contacting other people; the school was carrying out disinfection work.

Su Yi, who lives in the same building as the confirmed case, told Nandu that she had been informed by the dormitory administrator that the floor, the first floor and the public area where the patient lived had been disinfected by the anti epidemic personnel. The dormitory was closed for a few hours and reopened for normal access. Su Yi went out shopping on the 29th. According to her observation, half of the people in the outdoor wear masks, and almost no one in the dormitory building wear masks. After the anti epidemic disinfection, others gathered in the public kitchen to chat.

The convenience store downstairs is well supplied with materials, but there is no mask. Su Yi tries to grab masks on various websites, but she doesnt get them. Fortunately, she also has six or seven kf94 masks (Korean standard, equivalent to industrial N95 masks) and some medical masks. Su Yi said that she would try not to go out without going out for a while.

However, the reporter from Nandu learned that not all Chinese students in the school have masks. Some people dont stock up in advance, others need to go out for various reasons, and masks are consumed quickly.

Every interviewee told Nandu: gap cover. According to Huang Zhiya, a Ph.D. student in the school, 195 students are in urgent need of masks. They organized to find Korean manufacturers to buy masks. An organizer had previously contacted the mask manufacturer. At that time, when the materials of hospitals in Hubei were in urgent need, the Hubei epidemic assistance temporary working group organized alumni to raise money and donated more than 3000 N95 masks, more than 9000 goggles, protective clothing, surgical caps, etc. to hospitals in Huanggang and other places.

Twenty days later, the epidemic situation in South Korea suddenly turned. The price of masks has gone up. The price given by agents has gone from 1950 won (11.36 yuan) to 3800 won (22.13 yuan), with higher retail price. They called 53 manufacturers to place orders, but all they received were out of stock replies, without exception. According to Huang Zhiya, at present, 50% of the goods of Korean manufacturers have to be delivered to the Korean government, and the other 50% have been booked early, and now they dont accept the queuing.

The epidemic situation in South Korea is developing rapidly. Do you consider going back to China for a period of time? Su Yi replied that she had no intention of returning home for the time being, because returning home would involve many questions. She felt that it might be safest to stay still at the moment.

Chen Li, who lives in the dormitory next door, is still hesitating. In view of the recent tense air tickets, he booked a flight back to China in a week, intending to see the situation before making a final decision.

Following the outbreak of China novel coronavirus pneumonia, the surge in confirmed cases in South Korea has also raised concerns. According to the South Korean Ministry of foreign affairs, as of the morning of the 29th, 71 countries and regions have taken entry control measures against South Korea due to the epidemic, 33 of which are completely or partially prohibited from entering the country. South Koreas Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert the day before, suggesting that citizens planning to visit these countries and regions postpone or cancel their exit plans, so as to avoid unexpected inconvenience and danger.

As friendly neighbors, China and South Korea have frequent personnel exchanges. To prevent the reverse input of the epidemic has become a hot topic among Chinese netizens recently, and there is continuous news about the full number of South Korean flights to China. In response, novel coronavirus pneumonia spokesman Zhao Lijian responded 28 days ago, after understanding to the relevant departments, after the new crown pneumonia epidemic situation, due to the airline reduced flights, objectively led to some South Korea China Flights full. Most of the recent passengers from South Korea to China are Chinese citizens in South Korea.

In addition, Beijing, Shandong, Jilin and other places have strengthened the entry health management. For example, Beijing requires entry personnel from or who have been to a serious epidemic area outside the country to receive home-based or centralized medical observation for 14 days; foreigners in Beijing actively obey the health management of their communities. Weihai, Shandong Province, requested that all inbound personnel from Japan, South Korea and other countries, including foreign personnel and Chinese personnel, who came to Weihai from the 25th, should receive free centralized residence in the hotel and be released from centralized residence 14 days later.

Zhao Lijian stressed at a press conference on the 28th that these prevention and control regulations are applicable to all inbound personnel from or who have been to severe epidemic areas overseas, and treat Chinese citizens and foreign citizens equally.

It is worth noting that there are also a large number of overseas students from other countries in China and South Korea. According to the Ministry of education, about 50000 South Korean students are studying in universities across China. There are about 70000 Chinese students studying in universities around South Korea, of whom 33000 have yet to return to South Korea for the new academic year to begin in March.

It is understood that in order to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus, the Chinese government has asked its universities to postpone the opening of schools and implement distance learning. South Koreas Ministry of education has also recommended that universities delay the new term by up to four weeks.

To prevent the spread of the epidemic, China and South Koreas education ministries agreed to recommend that their students refrain from leaving the country until the outbreak ends, South Koreas Ministry of Education said Tuesday. South Korean universities will provide distance learning for Chinese students to ensure their normal credits.

As of 16:00 local time on the 29th, 3150 cases had been confirmed in South Korea; 813 cases had been newly confirmed on the same day, once again refreshing the maximum number of newly confirmed cases in South Korea.

(the interviewees are all pseudonyms)