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Health authorities provide glimpse of new virus protocols under Yoon Suk-yeol administration Updated: 2022-05-18 17:04:38 KST

The new Yoon Suk-yeol administration has vowed to roll out fresh virus protocols, which they say will prepare the country for a possible resurgence of COVID-19.
And health authorities have provided a glimpse of what to expect after holding a meeting on Wednesday.

First, the new government will launch an independent committee made up of infectious disease experts as soon as possible.
This will ensure that any new virus prevention measures reflect and include expert opinion.

The government will also launch a 'Big Data platform' containing all information on COVID-19 patients.
Currently, there are four separate platforms that compile records on COVID-19 testing, tracing, and treatment.
The new platform will be ready by December.

Finally, to curb the virus' spread, health authorities will work to improve indoor air quality.
While most schools and kindergartens have air purifiers, they cannot filter out virus and bacteria in the air.
A designated task force will work to replace existing air purifiers with ones that do have this function.

Meanwhile, health authorities are set to announce whether or not the country will move on to the so-called "landing phase" of the pandemic on Friday.
Under the "landing phase", COVID-19 patients are no longer required to quarantine for 7 days.
The decision will be made following discussions on the country's virus situation with experts and relevant government officials.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.
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