At least 85,000 foreign workers of Gyeonggi province were required to have COVID-19 test as the cases in foreigner-dense areas and workplaces rise.
The officials said that the provincial government released an order directing all foreign workers to get tested before March 22, through their employers.
“The administrative order is intended to keep coronavirus clusters tied to foreigner-dense workplaces from spreading to the concerned communities,” said Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Yong-Chul in an online briefing.
Lee also said that aside from the 85,000 migrant workers, “illegal foreigners” staying in the province should also get tested and they will also receive the same medical treatment if they were tested positive during the administrative order period.
Some 1,747 foreigners living in South Korea have tested positive for the COVID-19 since January, in which 47.1 percent live in Gyeonggi.
South Korea has also urged all illegal immigrants in the country to go for free testing and promised that their identities will be confidential.
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