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.
The number of South Korea's daily COVID-19 caseload continue to rise with Monday's tally nearing 150-thousand.
South Korean health authorities are expecting the peak of this new trend of infections to come at the end of this month.
For more on COVID-19, we have Doctor Kim Seung-taek, virologist at Institut Pasteur Korea.
1. First, reaching 140-thousand mark and still continuing is alarming. How bad do you think the situation will be at the peak?
2. Currently the dominant strain in South Korea is BA.5, but BA.2.75 has also been detected. Will people that have BA.5 be able to be reinfected with BA.2.75 subvariant?
3. Paxlovid is being widely used to cure COVID-19, and the government seems to continuously buy more supply of COVID-19 cures. Unlike vaccines, do COVID-19 treatments work on all types of variants?
4. It's the summer, and South Korea is seeing a lot of movements for summer holidays. Also, the country will also be observing a 3-day weekend this weekend. Do you feel the need for the government to put in some extra measures?
Thank you so much for being with us this morning.