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With Omicron fueling record-high case counts across S. Korea, authorities are getting ready for new response
Updated: 2022-01-20 17:14:59 KST
Thursday's COVID-19 tally topped 6-thousand.
South Korea saw 6,603 new infections on Thursday, rising almost 800 from the day before.
Most were local infections.
Regions across the country are seeing record numbers.
Gyeonggi-do Province, Gwangju city, and Chungcheongbuk-do province all hit fresh-highs in their local caseloads.
These numbers are being driven up by the spread of Omicron.
Authorities say that the country could hit 7-thousand cases a day as early as Friday.
When the daily average tops 7-thousand,.. authorities are planning to pivot into a faster and more efficient virus response.
This new response system will expand at-home recovery, rope in local doctors to help with testing and treatment, and shorten the number of days of isolation.
Further details will be announced on Friday.
The Korea Disease and Prevention Agency on Thursday once again stressed that vaccinations are the best defense against Omicron.

"We've confirmed neutralizing antibody levels against Omicron and Delta rising two to three weeks after the third dose."

Studies from Korea National Institute of Health observed neutralizing antibodies against Omicron increasing almost 29-fold after the third dose, compared to 10 fold after the second jab.
They're also recommending vaccines to pregnant women, despite the requests to exempt pregnant women from the vaccine pass rules.

"Pregnant women are considered high-risk and if they get COVID-19, they have a higher risk of death and critical illness. Pregnant women's critical risk is 9 times higher than other women who are in their childbearing ages."

Health officials added that contracting the virus poses a far higher risk to the mother and her fetus than the vaccinations.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News

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