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Omicron concerns in S. Korea: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-27 17:11:02 KST

The Omicron variant has become the dominant strain in South Korea and cases are surging to levels that we haven't seen before.
Living with this unprecedented surge, the country is shifting its virus response system to a Omicron-tailored one.
For analysis, we have Professor David Kwak from Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital.
Professor Kwak, good to have you on the program.

COVID-19 numbers are breaking record after record.
Today, the daily tally was at over 14-thousand.
The government forecasts case numbers to surge up to as high as 30-thousand.
What's your forecast?

As the country is shifting to an Omicron-tailored response system, people will be able to get tested and treated at clinics and hospitals in local communities separately from non-COVID patients.
What should doctors and patients keep in mind?

And there will be more self-testing instead of PCR tests and shorter self-isolation periods for the fully vaccinated.
What are the benefits and risks?

The government is keeping a close eye on the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.
But for now, it is not thinking of imposing stricter distancing rules after the holidays, concerned about the social and economic costs.
What's your say on this?

Some are expecting to see the pandemic soon turn into an endemic while others are not.
What's your take?

Professor David Kwak from Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital. Thank you for your insights.
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