Concerns mount over S.Korea’s lifting of anti-COVID-19 measures


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SEOUL, April 26 (Xinhua) — Issues mounted right here over South Korea’s resolution to elevate all anti-COVID-19 measures because the “non-scientific” resolution may give unsuitable alerts that the pandemic is over.

Every week earlier, the South Korean authorities lifted all social-distancing pointers, together with a enterprise curfew and a cap on personal gatherings, apart from masks mandate.

From Monday, persons are allowed to have meals indoors within the multi-use services equivalent to non secular and sports activities venues, film theaters, live performance halls, personal cram colleges and retailers.

“The (South) Korean authorities’s such measures are usually not applicable because it solely took under consideration easing financial damages. Well being damages are nonetheless operating excessive given the each day caseload of round 100,000 and the each day variety of deaths between 100 and 200,” Dr. Choi Jae-wook, a professor of preventive drugs at Korea College Faculty of Drugs, instructed Xinhua.

The nation reported 34,370 extra COVID-19 instances as of midnight Sunday in comparison with 24 hours in the past, information from the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) confirmed Monday.

The determine was down from 64,725 in the day prior to this as a consequence of fewer virus assessments over the weekend and in addition decrease than 47,730 tallied per week earlier.

A complete of 110 extra deaths had been confirmed, leaving the demise toll at 22,243. The whole fatality fee was 0.13 %.

The well being authorities estimated that the resurgence, pushed by the unfold of the Omicron variant and its subvariant BA.2, might have peaked in the midst of March.

Though the Omicron-driven peak might appear to have eased, consultants mentioned the lifting of all anti-virus guidelines can mislead folks to suppose that the pandemic have come to an entire finish.

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“The non-scientific, political resolution can lead folks to misunderstand that they’ll now not must observe social-distancing guidelines or put on masks. Folks will also be mistaken in regards to the nonetheless severe conditions and suppose that there is no such thing as a downside,” mentioned Choi.

Choi expressed fear in regards to the non-scientific resolution which will drive folks to lose belief within the well being authorities and chorus from cooperating with the potential anti-virus measures.

Son Younger-rae, an official with the Ministry of Well being and Welfare, instructed a press briefing final Monday that the lifting of the social-distancing pointers doesn’t symbolize an finish to the pandemic, asking folks to take care of private hygiene nicely.

The federal government adjusted the four-tier infectious illness degree of COVID-19 from the best Class 1 to Class 2.

Will probably be carried out in phases over a four-week interval to permit sufferers to be handled at native clinics and hospitals with out quarantine from as early as Might 23.

The implementation plan is changeable as the brand new administration of South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is about to be inaugurated on Might 10.

Calling the plan “a significantly hasty strategy”, Yoon’s presidential transition staff mentioned final week that the incoming authorities will resolve on the elimination of necessary quarantine after going by means of a adequate overview.


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