Gov't Mulls Shortening COVID Self-Isolation

      April 05, 2022 12:38

      Health authorities could shorten the mandatory seven-day self-isolation for people who test positive for COVID-19 even further.

      Top health official Park Hyang said Monday, "There has been some thought put into the self-isolation period on the way to a full-fledged return to normal."

      The U.S. and U.K. have already slashed the self-isolation period to five days.

      Here average daily infections have been decreasing gradually from 405,000 to 285,000 over the past week, and the number of critically ill patients is expected to peak either this week or next week. Average daily deaths also fell from 347 to 323 over the past week.

      People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

      Meanwhile, the end of the vaccine-pass mandate at crowded facilities has led to declining uptake for COVID vaccines, which means that a lot of unused vaccines are being thrown away.

      Most Moderna vaccines are being discarded every day. One vial can vaccinate 20 people, compared to seven for Pfizer's vaccine, and each vial must be used up on the same day it is opened.

      Korea imported 145 million doses of coronavirus vaccines this year, and 24 million were Moderna.

      Meanwhile, the daily tally of new infections stood at 266,135 with 1,121 severe cases and 209 deaths as of Tuesday morning.

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