|Korean workers arrive at Incheon International Airport from Iraq, Friday, via a chartered flight. Yonhap|
By Lee Hyo-sik
Thirty-one out of 72 workers arriving from Iraq, Friday, showed possible coronavirus symptoms, according to the government's COVID-10 response headquarters.
"Seventy-two people coming from Iraq arrived at Incheon International Airport Friday morning via a chartered flight," a quarantine official at the headquarters said. "Of these, 31 showed a fever or other symptoms of the virus."
Quarantine officials in Iraq checked workers' health before they boarded the plane in the Middle East nation.
The officials then separated people showing symptoms from those who did not on the plane. The two groups then entered Incheon International Airport through separate arrival gates. On arrival, the 31 underwent coronavirus tests. The remaining passengers will undergo two weeks of self-quarantine.
"People who test positive will be quarantined and treated for the virus at treatment centers," the official said. "Those who test negative will be housed at isolated facilities for the next two weeks."
On July 24, 293 Koreans were flown from Iraq on two military planes. Seventy-seven of these people tested positive for the coronavirus.