Osong Public Health Res Perspect.  2020 Aug;11(4):158-163. 10.24171/j.phrp.2020.11.4.03.

COVID-19 Public Health Measures During National Assembly Elections of the Republic of Korea

  • 0Central Disease Control Headquarters, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Korea


The general elections for the 21st National Assembly in the Republic of Korea were scheduled for April 15th, 2020, which was during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. To ensure a safe election, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) recommended several public health measures. The KCDC developed key interventions after reviewing the general election strategy that targeted COVID-19 patients and individuals isolating at home. Four voters who participated in the election tested positive, but did not contract COVID-19 during voting. The results demonstrated that the KCDC minimized the spread of infection in the community during the election. The measures implemented by KCDC during the election held under a COVID-19 outbreak cannot be generalized to elections as a whole because cultural and national consciousness vary between countries. Nevertheless, it demonstrates that the systemic strategies and applications against the pandemic can minimize the possibility of viral spread.


COVID-19; isolation; voting
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