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No action will be taken against undocumented foreigners taking COVID-19 tests in S. Korea Updated: 2021-02-23 03:54:11 KST

Recently, there has been an increase in cluster infections at places where large numbers of foreigners gather in South Korea.
To help curb the outbreak, additional temporary testing centers have been installed nationwide.
Six in Incheon, three in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do Province and two in Chungcheongnam-do Province.
That makes 14 in total.

"It's easy to get tested at anywhere like one of these tents, at a hospital or at a gu office. It's free of charge for everyone."

As of last Monday, COVID-19 testing can no longer be done anonymously, and people are again required to give their names, phone numbers and their date of birth.
This could deter some people from getting tested as, according to the Ministry of Justice, around 20 percent of foreigners in South Korea are unregistered.

"As foreigners without a valid visa might be hesitant to get tested for COVID-19, authorities are working on ways to offer anonymous tests and added that nobody will be deported based on the information collected for the test."

"I think anonymous testing is good because it will increase public willingness to get tested. And, more testing is good for the public."

The country is also working on ways to help people with the language barrier by deploying English-speaking healthcare workers at testing centers.
South Korea reported 332 new cases on Monday.
Health authorities say they will monitor this week's caseload and make any necessary changes to the social distancing measures.
Meanwhile, the country recorded nine cases of the UK COVID-19 variant on Monday: three local, six from overseas.
The country's variant caseload now stands at 128.
KDCA commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Monday that when 70 percent of the population is vaccinated, the nation's health system could cope with a situation whereby the R number is at 2 when daily caseloads are twice as large.
Last week's R number was at one.one-two.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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