January 14, 2022 09:32
Arrivals from overseas will be banned from public transportation and have to use their own car or designated buses to their destination from Jan. 20 as the Omicron panic grips Korea.
They will also need to show a negative coronavirus test issued within 48 hours before departure to Korea, down from 72 hours.
According to health authorities, daily COVID-19 cases among arrivals from abroad hit a record 391 on Thursday, or 1,326 this month.
Some 119 Korean corporate executives who attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week came back positive. Most of the latest patients from overseas are infected with Omicron.
Authorities will also continue to put a one-week "flight circuit breaker" in place, which suspends operations of a flight for a week if a plane is found to have carried three or more COVID-19 patients into Korea.
What the measures are supposed to achieve now that Omicron is already firmly established in Korea is unclear.
Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 4,542 as of Friday morning with 659 severe cases.
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