Review of removal of PCR test after entry

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The government is reviewing measures to ease quarantine measures such as removing the mandatory DNA amplification test (PCR) and removing masks at baseball fields after entering the country. We also promote the lifting of the compulsory indoor veil for babies and children.

At a regular briefing on the 20th, Lim Sook-young, head of the situation at the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters, said, “The current COVID-19 resurgence is in a fairly stable phase, so we are preparing for additional adjustments while considering comprehensively. foreign trends and expert opinions on various quarantine policies.” He said this. The quarantine authorities are reviewing a plan to remove the PCR test obligation for foreign travelers. Director Lim said, “We will decide whether to remove it after comprehensive consideration of foreign cases and expert opinion.”

The quarantine authorities will also ease the obligation to wear a mask. We are considering lifting the mandatory wearing of masks at outdoor events where 50 or more people gather, as it is deemed necessary to phase out the areas with a low risk of transmission. Accordingly, it is expected that it will be possible to watch outdoor sporting events such as professional baseball, professional football, and outdoor concerts without wearing a mask. The government previously lifted the mandatory outdoor mask in May, but continued to wear a mask at events where 50 or more people gather.

The issue of lifting the duty to wear a mask indoors is also being discussed inside and outside the quarantine authorities. It is known that there is a high possibility of mask removal indoors from babies and children.

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On the 20th, the government began to speed up the discussion on the Corona 19 ‘exit strategy’ in order to stimulate the recovery of everyday life after the recent epidemic subsided. As a result, it is anticipated that the duty to remove masks at outdoor events with more than 50 people and to carry out PCR tests after entry will soon be abolished. Although quarantine measures have all but disappeared in the US and Europe, as the stable situation is maintained, voices calling for an increase in the speed of daily recovery are growing in Korea.

The quarantine measures that the quarantine authorities are considering include the mandatory wearing of a mask at outdoor events of 50 or more people, the duty to test within a day of entering the country, removal on indoor masks for babies and children, and the resumption of face-to-face visits to nursing hospitals. In particular, it is difficult to check if there are more than 50 people outdoors, and attention was drawn to the fact that this measure is not effective in a situation where food can be eaten in a sports stadium where a large number of people are assemble

The biggest concern is whether or not to modify the mandatory indoor mask. In a recent briefing, the Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Infectious Diseases and Emergency Response, Ki-seok Ki-seok, said, “I went to the European Respiratory Society, and European and American doctors gathered indoors to lecture and discuss, but not was no one dressed and attention to the fact

Park Hye-kyung, head of the quarantine support group at the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters, said in a briefing on the same day, “In the case of babies and toddlers, we are aware of emotional, verbal and social side effects. development caused by wearing masks.” Jeong Jae-hoon, a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Gachon University Medical School, who is also a member of the advisory committee, said, “When considering the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a mask in relation to raising the indoor mask requirement, the loss can be greater for children.

A plan to resume face-to-face visits to nursing hospitals is also being considered. Nursing hospitals have a dense population of high-risk groups, but face-to-face visits, non-contact visits, and non-face-to-face visits have been flexibly adjusted according to the rise and fall of the epidemic.

Correspondent Kim Jong-un

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