As of March 9, 2020, South Korea has a total of 7,382 COVID-19 cases. According to EB Incorporation, global workforce managers should also know that:
- The government recommends people stay home as much as possible.
- School openings for kindergarten through college are delayed until late March.
- All people must wear a mask to enter all public places.
- There is no separate insurance product or claims procedure for COVID-19.
- Claims processing happens the same way for personal and group insurance for both in-patient and out-patient care.
- Most companies in Korea have a sick leave policy.
- Some companies (e.g. hotels, airlines) use unpaid leave because sales and employee working hours decreased sharply in the wake of COVID-19
Other helpful resources
- If an employee is in Korea and believes they have symptoms of COVID-19, they need to call the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) treatment hotline at 1339 or 1345 (English) to be directed to an appropriate facility.
- The Korea Center for Disease Control
- Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare
This coronavirus update for employers in South Korea is one of a series dedicated to helping global workforce managers navigate the evolving challenges brought on by COVID-19. Expect regular articles such as this from the Asinta Partnership as the global impact of the coronavirus unfolds.