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Lee Jae-gap’s question “Yoon Seok-yeol, are you confident that you won’t pass the quarantine pass and distance yourself if you become president?”

People’s Strength Presidential Candidate Yoon Seok-yeol wears a Level D protective suit during a meeting with nurses to respond to the Corona crisis at the Korean Nurses Association in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 11th. yunhap news

“Even after they come to power, if the (COVID-19) situation worsens, they will have no choice but to implement the same policy (such as the quarantine pass).

Jaegap Lee, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Hallym University Gangnam Sacred Heart Hospital

Lee Jae-gap, an infectious disease expert, professor at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Hallym University Gangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, posed a quick question to Yoon Seok-yeol, a presidential candidate for the Power of the People, who made a one-line promise to withdraw the quarantine pass.

Candidate Yoon launched a full critique of the current government’s quarantine measures on Facebook the day before, arguing “withdrawal of the unscientific quarantine pass”, “withdrawal of the 9 o’clock business restriction”, and “opposition to compulsory vaccination of children and adolescents”. However, there was no clear alternative to this.

In response, Professor Lee said that in a situation where the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) Omicron mutant virus has become serious around the world, for now, it is possible to increase the vaccination rate and achieve the effect of protecting those who are not vaccinated, such as ▲ quarantine pass ▲ limiting business hours, etc. He emphasized that strengthening social distancing measures is the best measure. It is criticized that the quarantine system should not be shaken for political reasons.

Yoon Seok-yeol’s claim to withdraw the unscientific quarantine pass, “Are you confident that you won’t do it?”

People’s Strength Presidential Candidate Yoon Seok-yeol is wearing a mask while attending the ‘Corona 19 indoor air scientific quarantine management plan and alternative search discussion’ held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul on the 11th. By Oh Dae-geun

In an interview with KBS Radio on the 12th, Professor Lee said, “I cannot agree with Candidate Yoon’s claim that the 9 o’clock business restriction and the quarantine pass are ineffective as rather unscientific stories. If it worsens, we will have no choice but to follow the same policy, but I would like to hear what you would say at that time.”

Experts and quarantine authorities judge that the introduction of the quarantine pass and measures to strengthen social distancing are effective in calming the COVID-19 situation. The surge in critically ill patients and the shortage of beds have been alleviated to some extent.

Nevertheless, the controversy over the quarantine pass has not subsided. The court immediately put a brake on the introduction of the youth quarantine pass, and the lawsuit filed to suspend the entire effect of the quarantine pass is also awaiting judgment by the court.

Professor Lee said, “I acknowledge that a lot of discussion is necessary to gain a national consensus, but if the quarantine is stopped midway through the citation of the court’s injunction application as a matter of urgency, the policy itself will in fact be incapacitated,” said the court’s. I ordered prudent judgment. The quarantine pass is that the golden time is important.

Suspension of quarantine pass? “Distance must be strengthened in other forms”

A notice on the quarantine pass is placed at the entrance of a large supermarket in Seoul on the 12th, ahead of the court’s decision on the application to suspend the enforcement of the quarantine pass (vaccination certificate, voice confirmation system) policy. yunhap news

It is also predicted that if the effectiveness of the quarantine pass is suspended due to the court’s action, social distancing measures for individual multi-use facilities are highly likely to be strengthened. Currently, there are no restrictions on the number of people entering per unit area due to the application of the quarantine pass, but if the quarantine pass becomes ineffective, it can only be solved by reducing the number per unit area.

Regarding the criticism that it is against fairness to not apply the quarantine pass to crowded buses or subways, which have a much higher density, he said, “If we apply public transportation to the public, wouldn’t it happen that everyone would be unable to work? There is no country anywhere. It is not right to compare like that.”

Regarding the current distance, which ends on the 16th, he said that it should be extended in consideration of the spread of Omicron. It is said that a preemptive response is necessary as the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of this month is intertwined. Professor Lee said, “If there is no Omicron, gradual relief can be attempted, but now, Omicron itself can become the dominant species at any time, so it seems that we have to make a very careful decision.”

Kang Yoon-ju reporter


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