S. Korea to maintain mandatory quarantine of COVID-19 patients until June 20
Updated: 2022-05-20 10:52:28 KST
Will quarantine still be mandatory for COVID-19 patients next week?
Health authorities answered that question on Friday.
Currently, those who test positive for the virus must isolate for 7 days.
However despite hopes that this measure would be removed, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters announced that they would leave quarantine rules as they are until June 20th.
"The decision was made on the back of a sluggish decline in critically ill patients and deaths resulting from the virus.
The emergence of new, more transmissible variants added more concern."
Authorities will assess the virus situation, listen to expert opinion, and then make another decision next month.
Also next month, middle and high school students will take their final exams.
And even though the quarantine measures have been extended, students who test positive or have COVID-like symptoms will be able to take their tests in separate classrooms.
This is to ensure that all students can take exams under equal conditions.
Health authorities have also vowed to expand the number of medical institutions that can provide face-to-face treatment to COVID-19 patients.
They will work on securing more sickbeds for those who are hospitalized.
Meanwhile, South Korea reported 25,one-hundred-25 new COVID-19 infections on Friday. That's down more than 3-thousand from the day before, marking the second straight day that the tally has stayed in the 20-thousands.
There were 43 related deaths and the number of critically ill patients stood at 2-hundred-51.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.