Mandatory 7-day quarantine for those who test positive for COVID-19 to stay for 4 more weeks
Updated: 2022-06-17 17:11:20 KST
Mandatory quarantine for those who test positive for COVID will stay in place for four more weeks.
This means those who catch COVID will still have to self-isolate for seven days.
The decision was made at a Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters meeting on Friday.
Health authorities decided to keep the quarantine rules in place over fears of a possible virus resurgence.
"Although South Korea has the medical capacity to contain the virus, the number of COVID-19 related deaths is still relatively high. So we evaluated that relieving quarantine measures could trigger an early virus resurgence and cause more damage."
However, the government could lift or shorten the quarantine if they deem the country's virus situation as stable with the situation to be reassessed every four weeks.
However, there is some good news for those who have loved ones at care facilities and nursing homes.
"Before, only those who have been fully vaccinated were allowed to make in-person visits, but now they'll visitors can come regardless of vaccination status.
Also, care facility residents who have gotten their fourth shots will be able to leave their residence."
With the safety of residents in mind, reservations for visits should still be made beforehand and visitors will have to get a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test.
Meanwhile, South Korea saw 7,one-hundred-98 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday.
That's down almost 8-hundred from the day before
and is the eight straight day for the figure to stay below 10-thousand.
There were nine related deaths.
And there are 82 critically ill patients.
Song Yoo-jin, Arirang News.