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Volume 26, Number 10—October 2020
Research Letter

Effect of COVID-19 on Tuberculosis Notification, South Korea

Nakwon Kwak, Seung-Sik Hwang, and Jae-Joon YimComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea (N. Kwak, J.-J. Yim); Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul (S.-S. Hwang)

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Weekly mean number of TB case notifications in 2020 compared with the previous 5-year period, South Korea

Location, calendar week† Mean no. TB cases
Difference between actual and predicted cases after COVID-19 in 2020 (95% CI)
2015–2019 2020
All provinces −121 (−165 to −86)
1–8 594 498

Daegu and Gyeongbuk Provinces −14 (−24 to −3)
1–8 70 57

Other provinces −112 (−153 to −79)
1–8 524 441
9–18 576 344

*COVID-19, coronavirus disease; TB, tuberculosis.
†Weeks 1–8, before COVID-19 outbreak; weeks 9–18, after start of COVID-19 outbreak.

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