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Jung Eun-kyung, the head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who took the lead in the prevention of Corona, left public office today (17th) after the appointment ceremony.



Many of you will remember our daily briefings while setting up a quarantine system from the uncertain and confusing early days of Corona. Reporter Park Jae-hyun looked back.



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Jung Eun-kyung, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shakes hands with her staff as she leaves the office.



During her commemorative photo shoot, she encouraged the officials at the quarantine site in a sign language that means 'respect'.



[Jung Eun-kyung / Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Thanks to the dedication of local government officials, we were able to overcome the Corona crisis.

Thank you very much.

It was a great reward and an honor for me as well.]



Commissioner Jeong, who has been in charge of the K quarantine for the past 4 years and 10 months.



In the meantime, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was promoted to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September 2020, and the responsibility of the first director became heavier.



[Jung Eun-kyung / Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (September 2020): Even though we are in the middle of a typhoon-swept sea, we will become the captain of a new ship called the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as another crew member, we will be colleagues who complete this voyage together.]



A bird who does not miss a briefing every day The hair dye had faded, and the shoes gradually wore out.



When asked if she slept properly, she replied, "I slept more than an hour."



In October 2020, when the number of confirmed cases in Korea was around 100 a day, it was also listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in the United States.



However, with the spread of Omicron at the end of last year, the corona situation started to deteriorate.



Nevertheless, as the distance was eased, the political quarantine controversy arose.



Chung vehemently denied it.



[Jung Eun-kyung / Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Today, National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee): Since we think that social distancing and these social policies are policies that involve social consensus or political judgment, it is not appropriate to divide (political quarantine and scientific quarantine) in a binary way. I think it is impossible.]



After taking a short break, it is known that Director Chung will start a new journey again at Seoul National University College of Medicine.



(Video coverage: Kim Min-cheol, video editing: Lee So-young)



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