August, 19

South Korea Extends Booster Shots As COVID-19 Cases Surge

As COVID-19 cases reappear around the nation, health officials in South Korea are extending booster vaccinations to those 50 and older.

The number of new cases reported on Wednesday (40,226) was the greatest daily increase in the nation in more than two months, though hospitalizations and fatalities have remained steady.

Leading infectious disease expert in South Korea, Baek Gyeongran, attributed the rising case counts to people’s declining immunity as a result of vaccinations and prior infections as well as a significant easing of social segregation measures since April as the country wriggled out of an omicron surge. Health professionals are also observing the “rapid spread” of BA.5, which is thought to be the most contagious omicron form to date, Baek added.

People in South Korea with impaired immune systems and those 60 years of age or older had previously received a second booster dose. Officials are now allowing persons over 50 and those with pre-existing medical issues to receive such vaccinations. Those who test positive will be kept in quarantines for a full week.

According to officials, if illnesses continue to spread, the nation might witness daily case numbers of 200,000 by mid-August or September. However, they do not currently have any intentions to dramatically boost social distance limitations, which have essentially been reduced to a requirement for wearing an interior mask during the previous few months.

To reduce hospitalizations and fatalities, according to Baek, the commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the government would concentrate on increasing booster doses and procuring more antiviral medications. She pleaded with people to postpone pointless meetings and trips, saying that a return to strict social seclusion will only be considered a last resort given the was a juvenile state of the economy.

More than ever, there is a need to lessen the harm that social distance causes to society and the economy, and according to Baek, this includes taking inflation and high-interest rates into account. “We also know that after extended periods of high-level separation, people are in a state of accumulated exhaustion.”

Along with tightening border procedures, authorities have recently mandated that all incoming passengers submit to PCR laboratory tests on the day of their arrival and remain in quarantine at home until the findings are available.

Although entering tourists must report negative results of either PCR or fast antigen testing within 48 hours of departure, officials may amend the rules to only accept PCR tests if the virus situation worsens, according to KDCA official Lim Sook-young. PCR tests are seen to be more accurate.

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