“It could be a resurgence from this summer”… 4 more weeks of quarantine for confirmed cases

[앵커]

If confirmed with COVID-19, the one-week quarantine will be extended by one month. The government said it would look at the epidemic situation again in a month, but the outlook is not good. There is even the possibility of a resurgence in summer.

Correspondent Yuhan Wool.

[기자]

What the government is most concerned about is a new mutant virus.

Because, like Omicron, new mutations can lead to another fad.

More than 20 cases have already been found in Korea.

[이상민/행정안전부 장관 : 전염력이 높은 신규 변이가 국내에도 발견돼 백신 효과 저하 및 면역 회피 가능성도 제기되고 있는 상황입니다.]

The timing of the resurgence is also a variable.

It may come sooner than originally anticipated.

[김헌주/질병관리청 차장 : 격리 의무를 유지한다는 전제하에서도 올여름부터 재유행이 시작해 9~10월경 정점에 이를 가능성이 있습니다.]

In consideration of this, the government has decided to extend the quarantine duty for corona confirmed patients by four weeks until the 20th of next month.

This is because, if quarantine is lifted, the number of confirmed cases can return to an increasing trend from next month.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the number of confirmed cases per day will rise to 25,000 by the end of July if three days of quarantine is performed, and the number will soar to 49,000 if not isolated at all.

Some domestic researchers predict that the number will jump to the level of 100,000.

In the end, it is not possible to guarantee whether the quarantine will be lifted even after 4 weeks.

The government has made it clear that taking off masks indoors is also difficult to review right now for the same reason.

However, visits to nursing hospitals and facilities, which were temporarily allowed until the 22nd, have been completely released.

Even if you have not been vaccinated due to an adverse reaction, etc., you can visit the doctor by submitting a doctor’s note.

In addition, depending on the hospital and facility conditions, the number of visits per patient can be increased to 4 or more.

(Video design: Seongwoon Huh)

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