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ON-POINT: Eased COVID-19 testing measures for inbound travelers to S. Korea Updated: 2022-05-23 05:36:27 KST

It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. Starting today the South Korean government will recognize negative rapid antigen test results for travelers boarding flights to the country, on top of the PCR test results currently being accepted.
And with the quarantine period for visitors gone, and the use of a less accurate testing method for entry into South Korea, will the country see an increase in the number of infections from overseas? To discuss this, we connect with Dr. Alice Tan, internist at MizMedi Women's Hospital. Good morning.

First off, what are your thoughts about now accepting rapid antigen tests for inbound travelers to South Korea? Is the test accurate enough to stop a flow of travelers who could potentially be infected with COVID-19?

Also beginning June 1st, travelers arriving from abroad will be required to undergo a PCR test within THREE DAYS of their entry to South Korea. Wouldn't it be safer to keep the mandatory test requirement on the day of arrival?

The BA.4 and the BA.5 subvariants that have been popping up lately add to the concerns, but the question is, can a person who has already been infected with the original Omicron variant be reinfected with the BA.4, BA.5 subvariants?

Speaking of the BA.4 and BA.5. How effective are the current vaccines against these subvariants?

Thank you Dr. Tan for your insights. Looking forward to speaking to you again next week.
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