By Park Si-soo
Another foreigner has been caught ignoring the self-isolation rules that are being implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Busan City said Sunday a German student, 25, had ignored the instruction after entering the country on March 20. The student, enrolled at Pusan National University, is being treated at the school's hospital after testing positive for coronavirus on March 28.
The student, whose identity was withheld, entered the country through Gimhae International Airport on March 20, without symptoms of coronavirus infection. Before coming to Korea, he briefly visited the United States and Japan, according to the city.
Despite being devoid of suspicious symptoms, he was subject to mandatory two-week self-isolation in his dorm room. But he ignored this.
Between March 25 and 27, he visited several school offices to deal with administrative issues, strolled along Haewondae beach, used the subway to visit several popular spots in Busan and played basketball on the school's playground.
Fever, cough and other symptoms started emerging on March 26. He received a virus test the day. He was supposed to stay at home until the outcome was announced, but he ignored this, visiting a coffee shop and two bars in Jangjeon-dong and the school cafeteria.
While the German claims he was wearing a mask when he stayed outdoors, the city and health authorities are tracking his travel to find people he contacted.